Kano Pillars players attacked, shot on way to League game

Gambo Mohammed
Nigeria
Professional Football League (NPFL) defending champions, Kano Pillars were
attacked on their way to honor their league opener in Owerri.
SL10.ng
put a call through to the media manager of Kano Pillars, Idris Malikawa and
sounded very low, he said some of the players were shot.
“Yes
it’s true that the players were attacked at Abaji, some players were shot.
Gambo Mohammed, Otekpa and a few others were shot. They are currently at a
hospital in Lokoja,”Malikawa informed SL10.ng.
We
(sl10.ng) shall confirm the names of the players and the current state of the
players who are in the hospital.
Kano
Pillars were to be the guest of Heartland at the Dan Anyim stadium in a week
fixture of the NPFL 2013/2015.
SL10.ng
just spoke to one of Kano Pillars players, Isaac Loute, and he informed that
the team was attacked and some of the players were shot, but as we speak they
are at a Federal hospital in Kogi State.
“We
were attacked by armed robbers, they shot our players in the hand, and some
were hit on the head,” Isaac Loute told SL10.ng on phone.
“Gambo
Mohammed, Otekpa Energy, Ekpai Ubong, Rubuen Ogbonaya who just joined Pillars
from El-Kanemi Warriors, and then Muritala were all hit by bullets. Right now
we are at the Federal hospital in Kogi,” Loute said.
Kano Pillars
Update: Emordi Grateful To God After Attack, LMC Postpone Game
The
bus carrying Kano Pillars FC to a Nigeria Professional Football League away
fixture against Heartland FC came under fire on Thursday afternoon.
The
18-man squad was headed to Owerri for the week 1 fixture of the 2014/15 season
when it was attacked at Abaji, according to technical adviser of the club Felix
Okey Emordi.
The
five players injured during the attack are Super Eagles striker Gambo Muhammed,
former Dream Team star Eneji Otekpa, defensive trojan Adamu Murtala, ex
Elkanemi Warriors defender Reuben Ogbonnaya and wing wizard Ubong Ekpai.
“We
ran into them and immediately they opened fire. One of them opened the door and
forced it open. They then shot the boys, of which five were injured.”
“We
thank Almighty God for there was no life lost, because it could have been lost.
Immediately after the men of the underworld pulled the trigger we ran into the
bush and we started coming to the hospital.”
SL10
reporter Abayomi Ademetan, at the Federal Medical Centre, where the injured
players were being taken to, learnt that the armed robbers collected ransoms
from players of the CAF Champions League campaigners.
“As
they were shooting, they were asking for money and valuables. The boys
co-operated with them and ran for their dear lives. I still thank God for
sparing the lives of the players,” coach Emordi continued.
In
the past, teams travelling on the road to prosecute league matches have been victims
of the men of the underworld.
“It’s
a common phenomenon in the country. I’m not condemning the efforts of our law
enforcement officers. They are trying their best. They need to do more to fish
out the criminals.”
SL10
reports, Gambo Mohammed was the most affected of the injured players as he was
groaning in pains and might be out of action for a long time.
Eneji
Otekpa, Adamu Murtala, Reuben Ogbonnaya and Ubong Ekpai should be back to
action in a couple of weeks.
The
LMC have already announced an indefinite postponement to their game scheduled
for this weekend against Heartland, but all other matches will go ahead.
Culled from www.sl10.ng

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