THE triumphant return of the victorious Super Eagles to the country early Monday morning was marked by sporadic shooting into the air by a man who claimed to be a police officer from the Plateau State Police Command.
Tribunesport learnt that two fully armed men, claiming to be police officers from Jos, the Plateau State capital, had laid ambush at the airport waiting for the arrival of the Nigerian contingent to Zambia to effect the arrest of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) second vice-president, who also doubles as the chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko.
The men, who Tribunesport was informed by an eyewitness were in plain clothes, reportedly said that they had an order to effect the arrest Dikko, who alongside the Chief Operating Officer of LMC, Salihu Abubakar, was convicted by a Jos High Court for contempt of court.
The eyewitness further informed that the men could not produce any identity cards or warrants to prove their claims.
Their attempt to arrest Dikko, it was gathered, was foiled by members of Club Owners Association who were on the entourage, NFF officials, among others present at the time of the attempted arrest.
An official of NFF, who wished to be anonymous, told Tribunesport that what happened was least expected by the contingent, saying that, “We are happy that we are returning home with a vital away win and some people were somewhere to scuttle our joy.”
The official condemned the attempted arrest of Dikko, saying that if it was on the basis of the Justice I kun conviction for contempt, the LMC had appealed at the Appeal Court and on that basis there ought to be a stay of execution of the conviction.
Attempts made to reach Dikko on phone were futile as of the time of filing this report.
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