Dare-devil cultists on Sunday night, stormed a soccer viewing centre in Abakaliki during the Spanish League’s El Clasico match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona critically injuring their victims.
A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who visited the scene reports that the viewing centre is located at Onuebonyi area of the town and witnesses likened the incident to a scene from the American Hollywood movies.
The attackers stormed the centre about 7.30 p.m., midway into the match’s first half and sat down like other viewers enthralled by the captivating encounter.
The attackers realising the urgency of their mission, made for their prey, a second year student of the Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Abakaliki, sitting with his friends in the middle row of several lines of seats at the centre.
Another witness and the viewing Centre Operator, Mr John Otubo, noted that the attackers were magnanimous for reducing the impact of their attack considering the number of arms they brandished.
“I watched them brandish two short guns, axes and knives as they simply went for their target, dragged him out and started using the weapons on him.
“No one can explain why they did not shoot him as they concentrated on him without attacking any other person or shooting sporadically to elicit stray-bullet incidences,” he said. Otubo, however, said that several viewers were injured during the ensuing stampede.
“Pandemonium set forth as viewers ran in different directions and with the centre having only one entrance, most viewers pulled down the zincs used as makeshift walls at the centre.
“Several viewers were injured in the process, including those who were trampled upon during the stampede as the attackers felt their prey was dead and hurriedly left the scene.
Mr Mark Onu, National President of Akubaraoha (Gov. David Umahi’s nickname) Youth Assembly gave cultists in the state an immediate ultimatum to cease their nefarious activities or face dire consequences.
Onu, who is also the governor’s Senior Technical Assistant on Youth Mobilisation and Empowerment, urged youths to collaborate with security agencies in the state to fish out cultists wherever they reside or operate.