Following their triumph over Zambia in their 2018 World Cup qualification series, players and officials of the Super Eagles were lucky to have escaped gunshots on arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja early Monday morning.
Eyewitnesses say two men in mufti claiming to be police officers were waiting at the Abuja Airport as the Super Eagles delegation arrived from Zambia.
The men, claiming they were from Jos Police Command, attempted to arrest Shehu Dikko, Chairman of League Management Company, (LMC) and Vice President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), but were foiled by NFF officials, club owners and media present.
Dikko was part of the delegation that led the Eagles to Ndola where the Super Eagles defeated the Chipolopolo of Zambia 2 – 1.
Thesheet.ng gathered that the self-acclaimed police officers failed to present identity cards or warrants to back their presence at the airport.
However, Dikko was said to be having a discussion with the Super Eagles’ players, and all efforts by the security agents to arrest him proved abortive.
The unknown men decided to shoot sporadically into the air when journalists, NFF officials and members of the club owners accosted them.
The Super Eagles players were hurriedly ushered into their bus before being driven off for the safety of their lives.
“It was hell last night for us as these two men just appeared from no where claiming they were police officers. They even threatened to shoot us, and we said they should go ahead, but they later left after shooting into the air,” a correspondent told newmen.
Journalist Collin Udoh tweeted his experience. See below…