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HOW ROBBERS ATTACKED OSUN UNITED FOOTBALL TEAM IN ONDO … They are hoodlums, not robber – Police

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HOW ROBBERS ATTACKED OSUN UNITED FOOTBALL TEAM IN ONDO

… They are hoodlums, not robber

– Police

Suspected armed robbers on Wednesday morning attacked  Osun United players and  their officials along the  Ore-Ondo Expressway.

The  team were  travelling to Osogbo from Calabar where they lost 2-0 to Unicem Rovers in a rescheduled Bet9ja Nigeria National League match at U.J Esuene Stadium on Monday.

 Our correspondent learnt  that the 32-seater coaster bus in which the team were  travelling developed a fault a  few kilometres  to Ondo town. As the driver stopped to find out  what the problem was, some men reportedly  emerged from the bush and attacked the team made up of 18 players and 10 officials with cutlasses.

The coach of the team   Duke Udi, goalkeeper Ayo Ojo and the  bus driver  were said to have sustained machete wounds during the attack.

It was learnt  that the robbers also collected money, mobile phones and some other valuables from their victims.

Confirming the incident, spokesman for the police  in Ondo State, Mr. Femi Joseph, said those who attacked the team were not armed robbers but hoodlums.

He said, “The incident happened on Wednesday morning at about 1am. The people that attacked the footballers were  not deadly armed robbers because they only attacked them with cutlasses  and sticks. If they were real armed robbers,  they would attack with guns.

“When the footballers were trying to retreat, some of them were injured by the hoodlums. The injured ones have been taken to a  hospital in Ondo town.”

Joseph said  the command had begun investigation into  the matter, adding that they  were on the trail of the hoodlums who, according to him, live in the villages around the scene of the incident.

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