Thursday, April 25, 2013

Kano Pillars fan recovering from gunshot

A fan of Kano Pillars shot during a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match against Heartland at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Wednesday is recovering at a hospital in the northern city.

Spokesman of the Nigerian champions, Idris Malikawa, told on Thursday that the fan allegedly shot by a policeman outside the playing arena of the Sani Abacha Stadium is recovering and not dead.

“It is very untrue that the fan shot by a policeman yesterday is dead,” said Malikawa on Thursday. “He is currently in hospital being treated for gunshot wound to his left leg and could possibly be discharged from hospital this week I have been told. But the chairman of our club and a few officials will pay him a visit.”

The Professional Football League game between table-topping Kano Pillars and Heartland was abandoned just around the half hour mark following a shooting incident.

An unidentified policeman was alleged to have shot a fan leading to a rowdy session during the game before it was called off by centre referee, Sylvester Okungbowa.

Eyewitnesses said policemen attached as security personnel to the game had accosted a number of fans smoking marijuana outside the playing arena leading to the gunshot incident.

There has been no official statement on the incident from the league managing body.

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