League Management Company (LMC) Chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko, has described Sunday night’s attempt by policemen to arrest him as outrageous and bad publicity for the national team.
Two security operatives in mufti on Sunday night at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Abuja, tried to arrest Dikko, who was part of Nigeria’s delegation to the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola. But the bid was thwarted by some football stakeholders, including journalists and club officials, and states’ football association chairmen.
Feeling that their mission was doomed to fail, the two policemen, who claimed to be acting on the orders of the FCT Command Commissioner of Police, fired shots into the air, threatening to shoot anybody who tried to stand on their way.
Speaking on the incident, Dikko said it was a sad and outrageous development.
“It was a bad publicity for the national team, who just recorded a major victory on its way to the 2018 World Cup. The scenario whereby the policemen fired gunshots really scared many of the players, who expressed reservation of honouring national team assignments in future because their lives were not secure,” he said.
He revealed that he has “eight police officers attached to my house and others to my office by the Abuja CP on the orders of the Inspector General of Police. So if it is true that my attention was needed by Abuja CP, why can’t he send for me through one of the police officers attached to me, so that means those officers have different plans.”
Dikko, who also doubles as the second vice-president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) revealed that the matter has been reported to the office of the IGP, “As our safety is surely being compromised.”
He added that he is a law-abiding citizen, who has done nothing wrong to deserve such embarrassment from the police officers, who could not even identify themselves.
“We are following the law as law-abiding citizens and to close all issues.
“We didn’t break any laws anywhere and the matters are subject to jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal. It is within our right and law to take any matter to the Court of Appeal and we would not take any steps that will compromise the appeal court process,” he said.