Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Super Eagles Players Escape Gunshots on Their Way From Zambia

Super Eagles of Nigeria returned to the country after their 2 – 1 away win to
The delegation arrived at the Nnamdi
Azikiwe airport in Abuja amidst violence
– Unknown gunmen attempted to arrest
Shehu Dikko who was part of the party to
The Super Eagles of Nigeria returned into
the country on Sunday night, October 9,
amidst violence at the Nnamdi Azikiwe
Airport where fully armed unknown
gunmen were waiting to arrest the League
Management Company (LMC) chairman
Shehu Dikko.
Dikko was part of the delegation that led
the Eagles to Ndola where the Super Eagles defeated the Chipolopolo of Zambia 2 – 1.
Two men who were in mufti claiming to be
police officers stated that they were from
the Jos police command, stressing that they
have been given the order to arrest Dikko
who is also the Nigeria Football Federation
(NFF) vice chairman.
Our correspondent learnt that the
acclaimed police officers failed to present
identity cards or warrants to back their
presence at the airport.
However, Dikko was said to be having a
discussion with the Super Eagles’ players,
and all efforts by the security agents to
arrest him proved abortive.
The unknown men decided to shoot
sporadically into the air when journalists,
NFF officials and members of the club
owners accosted them.
The Super Eagles players were hurriedly
ushered into their bus before being driven
off for the safety of their lives.
“It was hell last night for us as these two
men just appeared from no where claiming
they were police officers. They even
threatened to shoot us, and we said they
should go ahead, but they later left after
shooting into the air,”a journalist told
The Super Eagles media personnel Toyin
Ibitoye also confirmed the incident, but
quickly added that he was not at the scene
when it happened.
“Yes, but I was not around the place as I
was at the place where we were offloading
our bags, but I was later told of what
happened,”he to NAIJ.com.
All players will now return to their
respective clubs but will return for the in
November for their next game against the
Desert Foxes of Algeria who were held to a
1 – 1 draw by Cameroon.
Nigeria top CAF qualifying Group B with 3
points, followed by Algeria and Cameroon
who have one point each. Zambia are
fourth with no point.