According to a statement released by the radio station, the thugs led by the Chairman of Plateau United Supporters Club Mallam Audu, under the orders of the General Manager of Plateau United Football Club Mr Pius Henwan, invaded the premises of Jay 101.9 FM Jos in a black Honda Accord, and a Peugeot 406 Wagon which was branded with 4+4 and Lalong Boys.
Here’s a full text of the statement;
On Saturday 24th March, 2018 in the evening around 6:25pm after a magazine sports show called “Sports Extra” from 4-6pm, some thugs led by the Chairman of Plateau United Supporters Club Mallam Audu, under the orders of the General Manager of Plateau United Football Club Mr Pius Henwan, invaded the premises of Jay 101.9 FM Jos in a black Honda Accord, and a Peugeot 406 Wagon which was branded with 4+4 and Lalong Boys ,with the picture of the Plateau State Governor boldly inscribed on it, and assaulted, battered, and abducted Mr Mbum Ferdinand, a Sports Presenter/Journalist with the Radio Station to an unknown destination.
The Station Manager Mr Mangna Wamyil along with some Management Staff and eyewitnesses reported the abduction at the Motor Traffic Division (MTD) Anglo Jos of the Nigeria Police shortly afterwards.
Eventually, our lawyers were able to trace Mbum Ferdinand to the A Division of the Nigeria Police Force, where he was bundled to by the thugs who waited for the arrival of the General Manager of Plateau United FC before presenting him to the Police.
At the division, Mbum Ferdinand was immediately detained by the police, who turned a blind eye to his abductors who ought to have been arrested for taking laws into their hands, thereby assaulting and abducting him.
Consequently, a complain of defamation of character and other undetermined allegations were instituted against him by the General Manager before he left.
As a journalist duty bound to investigate and report, Mbum Ferdinand said on the programme that a source from the Accounts department of the club confirmed to him that the money the Governor of Plateau State promised the Players when they won the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) last season in which each player was entitled to over a million naira had been redeemed since 18th February, 2018.
He also reported that it is alleged that the match allowances for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League victory against Etoile Du Sahel in Kano of between N75,000 and N150,000 was not given to the players because they failed to qualify to the next round of the competition after winning the match, noting how negative such actions would impact on morale of the players if found to be true.
Notwithstanding, he pledged to continue investigations to ascertain if the allegations were indeed true or not.
Sadly, about 25minutes after the programme, the thugs invaded the Station with Mallam Audu leading them, and the rest is history as it is commonly said.
However, through the doggedness of our lawyers, we were able to secure his bail before midnight, on the condition that we would produce him on Monday 26th March, 2018 in the morning.
Fundamentally, we also find it most apt, to use this medium to call on the Commissioner of Police Plateau State Command to immediately arrest and prosecute the thugs led by Mallam Audu, the Chairman of Plateau United Supporters club, who invaded our premises, assaulted, battered, and abducted Mbum Ferdinand.
If that is not done, we would mobilize our resources within the ambit of the law to stage a protest march to the office of the Commissioner of Police within the week, to demand justice for our friend, brother, and colleague.
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