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NFF Officials, Others Injured in Abuja Stadium Stampede


NFF Officials, Others Injured in Abuja Stadium Stampede

Punch Newspaper

An unnamed Nigeria Football Federation official and the Ogun State Football Association chairman, Ganiyu Majekodunmi, were reportedly among the casualties after a stampede at the
VIP entrance gate of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on Tuesday (today) as fans overpowered security operatives and forced their way into the stadium.

The incident happened before the crucial Qatar 2022 World Cup play-off between Nigeria and Ghana.

PUNCH correspondent, who was at the stadium, learnt that Majekodunmi landed on his knees and suffered some bruises after he was punched by the fans.

Some of the ball boys also suffered varying degrees of injuries.

Thousand of fans, who had waited impatiently outside the gates for over two hours, took laws into their hands and forced themselves into the arena at 3:25pm.

Nigeria are billed to face Ghana in a must-win second leg Qatar 2022 World Cup play-off at 6pm. Online Editor, Shina Oludare, who was at the scene, said he was assaulted by soldiers, who saw him recording the chaos.

Recounting his ordeal, Oludare wrote on Twitter, “While recording a stampede scene at the entrance of the M.K.O Stadium, the military (three army & several policemen) attacked me, flogged d hell out of me & broke my phone despite identifying myself as a journalist with my accreditation hung around my neck.

“The zeal to work has disappeared and I don’t know where to start. I just hope we don’t record any casualties

“Organisation zero, crowd control zero. Nigeria, we love disgracing ourselves. was not given a chance to express myself as slaps landed on my face. In my over 12 years in this profession, I have never been this humiliated.”

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