Thursday, June 21, 2012

Police arrests fan in Warri

The Nigeria Police on Wednesday apprehended the fan that allegedly attacked Rising Stars' Segun Bajowa during a Nigeria Premier League (NPL) game in Warri. has been informed that the arrested fan is one Alex Ugbameta, who is now cooling off at the A Division of the Nigeria Police in Warri.

"The fan identified as Alex Ugbameta has been arrested by the police here in Warri," Warri Wolves' General Manager, Media, Timi Ebikagboro disclosed to

Ugbameta is now under investigation for allegedly breaching public peace and will be charged to court by the police.

"He is faced with a court action for causing trouble in the public, according to the police," said Ebikagboro.

The real incident that led to Bajowa being attacked still remains unknown as there are different versions to it.

One report claims that the Rising Stars' player was allegedly attacked by the arrested fan while warming up with 10 minutes to half time.

Another stated that Bajowa was engaged in a verbal spat with fans of the home side before he was allegedly attacked.

Ebikagboro, who was at the Warri City Stadium, said he was not at the scene of the happening at the time and was surprised to find Bajowa lying on the floor after Ugbameta allegedly attacked him.

"I can't really say what transpired before the incident that happened as I was on the upper terrace of the stands. Warri is one of the peaceful venues in our league and this occurrence is surprising to me," he said.

The match between Wolves and Rising Stars stood at 1-1 as at the 35th minute when it was abandoned.

The arrest of Ugbameta by the police is the second time a fan will be apprehended at an NPL venue for hooliganism this season.

In March, a fan identified as Ifeanyi Arisa was arrested by the police in Enugu for his role in the assault of centre referee, Gabriel Adigwe from Lagos during the game between Heartland and Enyimba.

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