Police warn football fans over violence

Kwasi NyantakyiThe Divisional Police Commander of the Nima Police Station, Alhaji Nuhu Jango, has cautioned football fans who who attend matches against violent attacks.

The President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, escaped a mob attack at the Accra Sports Stadium after the Confederations Cup game between Accra Hearts of Oak and AC Djoliba of Mali, with the supporters pointing accusing fingers at the president for their loss.

According to the fans, Kwesi Nyantakyi failed to approve their request for a postponement of the mid-week league clash with AshantiGold in Obuasi as well as not inviting their players into the Black Stars –an accusation which was baseles because he is not the one responsible for these.

During interrogation at the Nima Police Station, one of the suspects, AS. Wumpene, as well as the GFA President and the supporters leadership of the club, Alhaji Nuhu Jango cautioned the suspect and warned all football fans who throng various match venues to perpetrate such acts to be very careful as they will quickly be prosecuted anytime they are caught.

“Let me send this cautious note out there. The lives of those who come to the stadium to watch matches are very vital and we have to protect that. We shall not allow such acts to happen in our part of the world and culprits shall be severely dealt with.

“ If you people will attack the GFA President, then how secured is the ordinary supporter?

“We shall prosecute anyone found to be championing violence at the stadium for the court to decide on them to set as examples for others to follow”, DSP Alhaji Nuhu Jango emphasized.

Narrating his ordeal to the Divisional Police Commander, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi minced no words about his disgust at the attack.

“I was shocked when the incident happened. I had been dreaming of watching this particular game because this is one of the few times I have been around when such a game is being played. I had told a lot of people of my intention to watch this game because I think it can promote the game somehow. But if I will go to the stadium to be exposed to these acts, then I better stay at home for my safety”, President Nyantakyi said.

“I find it very outrageous to understand why some people are simply refusing to learn. We lost about 126 lives during the May 9th disaster and a similar thing nearly happened at the same venue when Hearts played Berekum Chelsea sometime back. So aren’t we learning?

“Some of us have been looking for ways of marketing our matches to attract the needed fans by serving as ambassadors, but if this is what we shall be given in return, then it is better we don’t come to the stadium at all”, he concluded.

Meanwhile, prime suspect in the attack on the president of the Ghana Football Association,   Wumpene has pleaded with the Divisional Police Command of the Nima Police Station to pardon him, but the victim of the attack has insisted on the application of stringent measures in identifying and arresting also, the brain behind the attack.

During the interrogation at the office of the Divisional Police Commander, Wumpene explained that he actually did not attack the President as has been reported but he approached him as a disturbed supporter to question why the GFA President did not allow their mid-week league game with AshantiGold to be postponed. He, however admitted the folly in his approach and pleaded for pardon.

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