Two suspects arrested, charged to court for beating referees

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The two suspects who were arrested on Thursday in connection with the assault on of centre referee, Sam Agba during the Plateau United and Ifeanyi Uba game of the Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 1 fixture at the New Jos stadium on 13th January, have been charged to court.

The accused who were alleged to have attacked the centre referee were arraigned before the Upper Area Court 3, Kasuwan Nama in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Appearing before the judge, Muhammad Yahaya, the two suspects, Lawal Adamu (alias Crazy) and Auwalu Abdullahi (alias Shedan) pleaded not guilty to the charges read before them.

This development prompted the prosecuting police officer, Inspector Gokwat Ibrahim to apply for an adjournment to enable him to establish a case against the accused persons.

At this juncture, the accused persons asked for bail with a pledge to be in court whenever they are needed.

Ruling on the matter, the Judge, Muhammed Yahaya granted their request for the bail at the sum of fifty thousand naira each or surety in like sum.

Yahaya said the two accused must sign an undertaking of good behaviour while adhering to the bail conditions.

The judge then adjourned the matter to the 27th of February for the continuation of the case.

It will be recalled that irate fans attacked centre referee, Sam Agba after the Nigeria Professional Football League matchday one tie between Plateau United and Ifeanyi Uba ended goalless on the 13th of January.

This prompted the League Management Company to hand down fines and banishment from Jos on the team. Plateau United was also mandated to produce the culprits involved and charge them to court accordingly.

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