LMC beefs up security for final NPFL playoffs


A probe into the cause of the violence that erupted on Monday at the Agege Stadium, Lagos after a playoff match between Kano Pillars and Enugu Rangers has begun.

Salihu Abubakar, Secretary of the League Management Company, organisers of the Nigeria Professional Football League, made this known on Tuesday.

He confirmed to News Men that the LMC was looking into the invasion of the stadium and assured that security would be beefed up in subsequent NPFL matches.

Supporters on Match Day 4 of the ongoing NPFL Championship Playoff invaded the pitch holding sticks and other weapons.

From videos that went viral online, a furious Pillars captain, Rabiu Ali, also accosted match referee Adebimpe at close range after the game.

Reacting, Abubakar said, “We were there yesterday (Monday) and we also saw what happened. It’s an unfortunate event that happened. It’s a big shame and we will come out with a decision on that very soon.

“For the last day matches, we are going to beef up the security and ensure that all control and security measures are put in place. We will involve a lot more agencies to ensure that there won’t be such issues again.”

He refused to comment on whether Ali would be allowed to play Wednesday (today) or not.

“You will hear our decision soon,” he said when asked.