Why we have not acted yet on Katsina/Pillars crisis – Dikko


Chairman, League Management Company, Shehu Dikko has revealed that the LMC is waiting for the police to conclude investigation into the violence that occurred during the Match Day 15 of the clash between Katsina United and Kano Pillars last week.

In a chat, Dikko said the violence was a case of public disorder and as such, the police are investigating the matter.

“The major incident happened outside the stadium. The police are still carrying out their investigations. Whether the fans are from the city, we don’t know, so we await the police report.

“The police are almost through with their investigations. The match commissioner and referees were not aware and it was not in their match reports as the incident didn’t happen on the field of play. It is when the police submits their reports till we know the next line of action,” he said.

It will be recalled shortly after the incident, the LMC released a statement condemning the fans to going overboard.

“As the incident allegedly happened after the match within the city, the LMC is awaiting the report from the Police authorities and other protocols such as identification of the culprits, and medical reports of the three persons reportedly injured to enable us have an informed opinion on the actions to be taken not just to sanction the perpetrators but to set out strategy and corrective actions to eliminate this dangerous rivalry between the fans of the two clubs to avoid future occurrence.

“It must be pointed out that the initial reports on the incident emanating from both clubs and match officials are at variance and conflicting. In the circumstance, a Police report is absolutely necessary to help establish the veracity of the various accounts and bearing on the case of the reported breach of public peace,” the statement read.

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Host Katsina United were held to a 1-1 draw by Pillars who first took the lead through Seun Adelani Yusuf before Tasiu Lawal leveled for the home side in the 44th minute.

It was learnt that it was after the game at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium that some unruly fans of the home side attacked Kano Pillars fans.

The Kano Pillars players and officials were held hostage at the stadium for two hours due to the attack from some fans of Katsina United.

It was confirmed that several members of the Pillars travelling party were hospitalised with injuries while police had to escort the visiting players, officials and fans back home.

Kano Pillars released photos of the attack on their Twitter account while the chairman of the club Alhaji Surajo confirmed that no lives were lost during the attack and also confirmed the identities of the four fans that were hospitalised.

“Those who attacked us are Football hooligans, not real supporters to the Nigeria League and we as leaders can’t fold our arms and allow some few individuals to destroyed the long relationship between Kano and Katsina states,” Surajo is quoted to say by Kano Pillars’ website


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