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FOOTBALL HOOLIGANISM: IMO SWAN CALLS FOR ARREST OF EGBUJOR ENJOIN FA TO BAN HIM FROM STADIUM ACTIVITIES

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Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Imo Chapter has called for the arrest of a certain Ikenna Egbujor (Agwo) in the wake of his physical assault on a member of the Association, Solomon Onu last Sunday at Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri, shortly after Heartland FC’s 2021-22 Nigeria Professional Football League opening fixture with Nasarawa United that ended in a 3-3 draw.

Onu who is the Director of Media for the Owerri based football club and a member of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Imo State chapter was at the main bowl of the stadium trying to coordinate the post match press conference between sports journalists and Heartland FC coach, Hassan Abd’Allah when Egbujor a member of Heartland FC Columbia Supporters Club hit Onu in the waist area with an object suspected to be a rod while targeting the team’s coach, Abd’Allah who was granting an interview. He swerved into the crowd and ran out boasting after performing his dastard act.

Onu initially collapsed as a result of the impact before he was later revived and taken to nearby hospital for medical check up.

However, when Sports Journalists drew the attention of Hon. Dan Ogu, the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports as well as the management of Heartland FC on the ugly incident, the Commissioner expeessed disgust at the incident and quickly gave a marching order that Mr. Ikenna Egbujor, popularly known as Agwo( Snake) and the Head of National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW Warehouse Mbaise park, Owerri be arrested immediately.

Ogu further directed the club’s General Manager, Mr. Promise Nwachukwu to write Imo State Football Association, FA demanding that the accused- Agwo should henceforth be banned from Heartland games.

Similarly, as demanded in Journalism as a noble profession and SWAN as a great professional body, an injury to one is an injury to all, in view of this, Imo State SWAN under the leadership of Rotn. Everest Ezihe is demanding from Imo State security agencies to ensure that Mr. Ikenna Egbujor alias Agwo be arrested within the next 48 hours.

SWAN is in total support of the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon Dan Ogu and management of Heartland FC demands from Imo FA that the accused should immediately be suspended from entering Dan Anyiam stadium no matter the activity.

Ezihe further advised the management of Heartland FC and Imo FA that henceforth they must ensure adequate provision of securities for events happening at any of the stadiums in the state as the association will never again tolerate an issue of molestation, harassment and assault of any of her members by fans, supporters, staff etc in the course of executing their duties.

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