IPOB Behind Rampage At MKO Abiola National Stadium?
An unverified document purportedly from the state security service DSS warned of a security threat at the MKO Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, where the Super Eagles battled Ghana for a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
A riot at the match venue, which caused the unfortunate death of a CAF official, ensued soon after Nigeria failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Hundreds of fans stormed the pitch soon after the World Cup qualifier, they smashed properties and the security team was forced to fire tear gas and blank bullets to disperse the angry fans.
In an official document dated March 28, 2022, and signed by state director of security FCT Command, A Muazu, warned of an “imminent threat of explosive attack” on the stadium by the proscribed separatist group, IPOB.
The World Cup playoffs between the Super Eagles and Ghana was the target because of the reported attendance of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the game.
Probably on the back of this warning by DSS, Sports Minister Sunday Dare was conspicuously missing from the game he vagariously helped to organise.
At least 30,000 match tickets were given away for the 60,000-capacity MKO Abiola Stadium to be filled to give home team Nigeria total support to go past arch-rivals Ghana.