*Sent him to Badagry prison to shut him out
An injured Sierra Leonean football who plies his trade in Russia and came for traditional haling in Ibadan, Sheriff Suma, was arrested by the police who dispossessed him of his N4,500 and sent him to Badagry prison.
in a protest to the Commissioner of Police Lagos state, Mr Fatai Owoseni signed by Harrison Jalla, President of the National Association of Nigeria Footballers (NANF) titled, “Illegal arrest and detention of Sierra Leonean international footballer (an SOS), he demands justice.
According to Jalla, “I have been duly informed by Barrister Emeka Charles Nwosu Esq that his client, Sheriff Suma, a Sierra Leonean international professional footballer based in Russia has been receiving treatment at a traditional healing home in Ibadan Oyo state.
He was accosted by the police along Badagry Expressway on or about the 20th of July 2017 on his way to Cotonou to pick his Russian wife who flew from Moscow via Cotonou, Benin Republic to Nigeria.
He added, “Mr Sheriff Suma was arrested, detained, dispossessed of his money about 4,500 United States Dollars, including his international passport and arraigned at a Badagry Magistrate court the next day from where he was sent to Potoki Prison in Badagry.
“As we speak sir the player who is on medical vacation in Nigeria is in Badagry prison. We therefore implore you sir to use your good offices to thoroughly investigate this matter and ensure justice is done.
The star the police duped of $4,500: The Sierra Leone defender Sheriff Suma announced his retirement from international football recently.
Suma, who was 29, won over 30 caps for Sierra Leone, said he wants to concentrate on his club career and making way for the younger prospects.
“After carefully considering my situation, I have officially decided that it is right to give a chance to the younger players. And I think the time is right to retire from international football. I thank God for bringing me this far,” he told footballsierraleone.net
Suma was heavily involved in the Sierra Leone squad during the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers in which the country struggled to win a single game.
His last game for Sierra Leone was in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Chad in Nigeria at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium (Port Harcourt) – Sierra Leone won 2-1 but was eliminated from the preliminaries on the 13th October 2015.
He was the captain in DRC Congo and Ivory Coast during the AFCON 2015 qualifiers, in both matches the country was heavily defeated 3-1 and 5-1 respectively.
Sheriff Suma was born and raised in Freetown, Sierra Leone hailing from Guinean parents.
He started his professional career with Åtvidabergs FF in 2005 where he made 49 appearances scoring seven goals.
In 2001, Suma, who was widely considered as one of the best Sierra Leonean youth footballers while in The Gambia he went on to amass over 170 career appearances playing for 10 foreign clubs.
In 2003, he was omitted from the Sierra Leone final squad for the 2003 African U-17 Championship in Swaziland, something he describes as the worst moment of his life.
In the championship, Sierra Leone placed second, behind Cameroon, thereby qualifying for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Finland.
He was fortunate and was called back to the squad for the tenth edition of the U-17 world championship in Finland.
The agile wing-back joined Syrianska with fellow Sierra Leone International Samuel Barlay in December June 2014 signing a new one-year contract.
Suma’s proposed move to Kvik Halden FK fell through and a few days later in the same month, re-signed for Azerbaijan Premier League side Ravan Baku FK. He is playing in the Russian League where he cropped an injury he was in Ibadan to treat.