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Women’s football team FC Robo attacked by highway robbers

THE insecurity on Nigerian roads caught up with the football fraternity on Tuesday night as a team of women footballers got robbed.

Players and officials of Nigeria Women’s Football League club FC Robo of Lagos were left stranded in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, after they were attacked by gun-wielding robbers.

The team were on their way to Delta State for a top division fixture against Delta Queens when the hoodlums struck on the highway around 10pm, according to head coach Emmanuel Osahon.

The players and officials were robbed at gunpoint and had their valuables taken away by the bandits.

The bus driver went missing for some time and there were fears that he had been abducted. But he eventually rejoined the team and it was learnt that he had run into the bush to escape the attack.

After apparently removing whatever they found useful, the robbers left jerseys and some other kits scattered in the bush for the players to retrieve.

After the harrowing experience, the team continued on their journey on Wednesday morning, with nobody physically harmed.

Nigeria has been under the grip of nationwide insecurity in recent months, with bandits on the rampage especially in the northern parts of the country.

Football teams who travel long distances to prosecute away matches have fallen victim to the situation.

Currently, the driver of Nigeria Professional Football League club Adamawa United is in the custody of kidnappers who initially demanded N20 million for his release.

The driver was abducted after the team was attacked last week on their way to Lagos to play MFM in an NPFL fixture.

The bottom team in the league still travelled down to Lagos for the match, which they unsurprisingly lost 2-0 on Sunday.

The kidnappers have now reportedly reduced their demand to N1m for the Adamawa United driver’s release.

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