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SAD: Police robs Boko Haram victims in Kano

*Of N15m expected N2.3m was realised yet stadium got filled

Police personnel who were drafted to take care of the security at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Thursday in the charity match between African legends and former Nigeria league champions, Kano Pillars FC, had a field day enriching their pockets through ticket racketeering.

King Kanu Nwankwo leading the legends out for the Match-4-IDPs
King Kanu Nwankwo leading the legends out for the Match-4-IDPs

The match which was organised to create awareness on the plight of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) across the country was sabotaged by the policemen at the gate as they collected tickets from the fans and resold same to many others at give away price.

They were also said to have frustrated the gatekeepers by collecting money from many fans to gain access into the stadium without tickets.

The stadium which was filled to capacity and an estimated gate taking of over N15 million expected as generated revenue could not be realised as only N2.3million was declared by the stadium management.

In a meeting to review the situation after the game, the organisers were informed that the stadium management connived with some thugs to pull down two popular side gates to cover up the fraud they perpetuated during the match while the police had a field day collecting money from the fans to enter the stadium.

Usman Abba, the Sani Abacha stadium Assistant Manager, who was also the stadium and ticketing coordinator for the match, revealed that the police did not help matters with the way they behaved on the match day.

Match-4-IDPs crowd shortchanged
Match-4-IDPs crowd shortchanged

He said he was shocked that the police helped many fans into the stadium after collecting money from them.

Though, he could not explain the case of the reprinted ticket, it was learnt that a personnel of the stadium, collected one of the tickets in the early hours of the morning for the purpose.

The Coordinator of the Match-4-IDPs and Chief Executive Officer of OZ Consulting firm, Abi Goodman, said it was quite unfortunate that efforts were made to raise funds for the internally displaced persons across the country, those who were saddled with taking care of the security in the stadium, decided to rob the victims of Boko Haram insurgency through their actions.

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