One killed as Football match turns Violent

by on January 6, 2018

One person was shot dead, two policemen and three civilian injured during a football match in Ikwo, Ikwo local government area of Ebonyi state following a fracas between some policemen and a football team.

The deceased is known as Obinna Igwe while the injured victims sustained bullet wounds.

The remains of the dead fan have been deposited in a mortuary while those injured are receiving treatment at hospitals.

The football match which was between Ndufu Alike and Ndufu Echara Teams was the final of a Unity Cup competition organized by the Chairman of Ikwo Local Government Area, Chief John Nnabo at Urban Secondary School Ndufu Echara.

An Eyewitness said the trouble started when the Centre Referee issued a red card to Ndufu Alike Player which eventually resulted in his team conceding a goal in the second half.

He said this did not go down well with the dismissed player as he returned to the pitch and launched an attack on the centre Referee along with other players on the bench.

The Eyewitness alleged that the incident resulted in a rampage by some youths of Ikwo who almost had a showdown with the police if not for the intervention of some public office holders in the area.
One of the stakeholders, Mr Onyekachi Nwoba condemned the use of live ammunition by the police pointing out that their action was not in line with rules of engagement.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Mrs Loveth Odah alleged that the fan was killed when the rampaging youths attempted to snatch a rifle from one of the policemen.

Mrs. Odah explained that normalcy had returned to the area as the Commissioner of Police in the state had deployed more policemen to prevent further breakdown of law and order.

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