Plateau State faction of the Nigeria Police Force [NPF] has released an official statement banning all football viewing centres in the state during this World Cup period for security measures.
The statement released and signed by Police PRO – Assistant Superintendent of Police, Dominic Esin, said the precautionary measure was aimed at installing warnings of impending terrorist attacks on viewing centres by any person or group of persons and to secure an atmosphere of “peace and security” in the state.
It advised football fans to stay away from such places and watch all the matches of the World Cup in their respective homes as any violation of the order would attract prosecution.
ASP Dominic reiterated that all viewing centres across the local government areas in Jos should shut down for security prophylactic.
The warning came hours after NPF spokesman, Frank Mba warned soccer fans across Nigeria to be vigilant at viewing centres.
A failed suicide bombing attempt was reported at the capital of the Central Nigeria city of Jos, Plateau, at an open-air viewing centre on May 24 this year, during the UEFA Champions League final match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
The bomber’s car, fortunately, blew up before reaching the target. Although three people were reportedly killed.