The Department of State Service, DSS, has blamed the after match attack and chaos that erupted at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja – yesterday, 29th of March, 2022 – on the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
AbaCityBlog reports that there was an attack at the Abuja Stadium, yesterday, shortly after the match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Black Stars of Ghana ended in 1-1 draw, which Ghana qualify through away goal tiebreaker.
Recall that both teams were battling for a ticket to the World Cup in Qatar via the playoff and with the first leg ending 0-0. Ghana took the lead early at second leg in Abuja Stadium, after Arsenal’s Thomas Partey fired in a strike from the edge of the box which went through goalkeeper Francis Uzoho in the Nigerian goal.
With a hard-earned 1-1 draw against Nigeria, Ghana advanced to the World Cup in Qatar in November as they qualify through the away goal rule after a 0-0 draw in the first leg.
However, shortly after the match, there was chaos which caused stampedes in the stadium as aggrieved fans were seen destroying properties in the stadium. Although, it was unclear if they attacked the visitors.
A video which has gone viral showed the moment the aggrieve fans were destroying properties in the stadium, despite teargas canisters fired by the security agents, the chaos continues as people scamper for safety.
How wish Nigerians can channel this vawulence towards Aso Rock. pic.twitter.com/zOZA524jOT
— NSIT UBIUM'S SON (@nkebetojackson) March 29, 2022
Before the match, the Department of State Service, DSS, has written a memo, alerting the Presidency of the impending attack at the stadium. In the memo, which was shared by an Investigative Journalist, David Hundeyin, it indicated that the members of the IPOB are planning an attack at the stadium because President Muhammadu Buhari and other high-profile Nigerians will be at the stadium, to cheer the Eagles.
DSS said the main aim of the attack by the group is to “cause maximum casualty and embarrassment to the Government, thereby drawing local and international attention to the secessionist agenda of the dissident group.”
Read the full memo below:
IMMINENT THREAT OF EXPLOSIVE ATTACK ON M.K.O ABIOLA NATIONAL STADIUM BY IPOB
1. Intelligence available to the Service indicate imminent attack on M.K.O Abiola National Stadium, Abuja by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) using prime improvised explosive devices on 29th March, 2022. The attack was hatched to target the return world cup qualifiers match between Nigeria and Ghana, aimed at causing maximum casualty and embarrassment to the Government, thereby drawing local and international attention to the secessionist agenda of the dissident group.
2. In view of the foregoing coupled with the planned attendance of President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) and other important dignitaries to honour the national team, there is the need for adequate deployment of counter security measures before and during the slated match with a view to preventing, detecting and neutralizing the threats.
3. The foregoing is forwarded for your kind information and necessary action, please
A. MUAZU, fsi
STATE DIRECTOR OF SECURITY
Apparently the DSS had knowledge of an impending terror attack on the MKO Abiola stadium during the game and all they did was write a memo pinning it on IPOB (their usual punching bags) in advance, and they WENT AHEAD WITH THE GAME.
Buhari didn't attend the game did he? pic.twitter.com/fk3AGCmlZ5
— David Hundeyin (@DavidHundeyin) March 29, 2022