Six injured, After Armed Robbers Attacks Ifeanyi Ubah Team Bus
At least six people were injured when armed individuals attacked a bus carrying Nigerian Premier League club FC Ifeanyi Ubah to a scheduled league match at Jigawa Golden Stars.
In a statement released by the club and posted on their Facebook page, the men of the underworld who shot the driver and left others injured were dressed as youth corp members.
“This is to inform the general public that at about 1:30 pm today, players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra Warriors) who were travelling to Kano for their scheduled NPFL Matchday 6 fixture against Jigawa Golden Stars ran into a group of armed robbers dressed in NYSC uniforms, operating at Kabba junction, near Lokoja in Kogi state,” it read.
“To the glory of God, no life was lost. However, the driver was shot while some members of the coaching crew and players were critically injured. The affected persons are currently being treated and are responding to treatment.
“We wish to use this medium to appeal to the Federal Government as well as football regulatory bodies; Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the League Management Company (LMC) to further intensify security efforts to ensure the safety of teams who often have no choice than to travel long distances by road, especially clubs owned by private investors who are made to invest their hard-earned money in the growth and development of Nigerian football.
“Conclusively, fans, well-wishers, supporters and Nigerians, in general, are kindly urged to keep the entire management, coaching staff and players of FC Ifeanyi Ubah in their prayers in this moment of despair.”
Stanley Ike-Richard, COO of the League Management Company, which runs the league, on Saturday released a statement that the fixture had been moved to Monday Dec. 2, and the suspected motive of a ‘robbery attack’ was stated, though no police report to that effect has been released.
The Anambra Warriors are 10th on the NPFL log with eight points from five matches. Their last outing with Lobi Stars ended in a 0-0 draw.