The National Industrial Court in Abuja on Thursday, fixed June 24 to rule in the suit filed by a former Enyimba coach, Samson Unuanel, against the club.
Unuanel filed a case against the NPFL side, over an alleged unpaid N3.450 million sign-on-fee.
But Chidike Ihuekwumere, the defence counsel, sought the court to strike out the suit for lack of merit.
The counsel also prayed the court that in the alternative, the matter should be transferred to the Owerri Division of the court.
Iheukwumere supported the motion on notice with an eight-paragragh affidavit.
He further argued that he had filed written address, relying on it as their oral submission.
The presiding judge, Justice Kiyersohot Damulak, directed him to adopt his written address.
After Iheukwumere’s adoption, the claimant counsel, Akeem Olasupo, informed the court that in response to the defendant’s motion on notice, they had filed reply on point of law.
In addition, Olasupo stated that they were relying on all point of law raised as submission to the defendant’s motion on notice, and he adopted same.
He also urged the court to disregard the defence argument; citing Section 21, sub rule 2 and 3.
Afterwards, Damulak adjourned the matter until June 24 for ruling.
The claimant, Unuanel, in his statement of facts, said he was employed as chief coach by the defendant for a season during the 2009/2010 football calendar year.
He stated that he was placed on sign-on-fee of N5.5 million, however, was only paid N1.750 million at the expiration of his contract in 2011. He also averred that an additional N300, 000 was later paid from the outstanding balance.
Unuanel said he approached the court to seek redress, after the defendant refused to pay his remaining outstanding of N3.450 million.
The coach, who is the current handler of Osun United, is also seeking for an order of the court for payment of N100 million as general damages, as well as another N10 million for cost of prosecuting the suit.