Football Fans Attack Journalists at Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan

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Mr. Chris Isiguzo
NUJ President

Angry football fans attacked three journalists, namely Atinuke Esan, Tobi Adepoju, and Ayo Animasaun, who went to cover the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match between the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and Remo United on June 1, 2022 at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital

Trouble began for the journalists after they had conducted their post-match interviews when they were asked by Shooting Stars fans to leave the stadium.

According to them, before they could comply, the fans swooped on them, slapped and beat up the multimedia journalist, Mr. Adeopju, who had to run to where the police van was parked for safety.

A journalist who witnessed the assault said it looked like a planned attack on journalists because “The fans came pointing at him (Mr. Adepoju) and asked him to leave the stadium, before we knew it he slapped him and other fans joined in and started beating him.”