The Area Commander of Area ‘A’ Lion Building, Lagos, ACP Bode Ojajuni, has urged the League Management Company to involve the Nigeria Police Force in stadium security during matches, saying it will help avert violence in the Nigeria Professional Football League.
“In the course of their planning, they (LMC) must involve the police, they need to emulate others. It’s important that they co-opt the police and we will give them advice on how to go about the security of match venues base on our experience,” Ojajuni said.
“The police can provide artificial barriers and intelligence that will be useful during matches. But, when you invite police on match days, it won’t work properly. The best thing to do is to involve the police in the planning stage.”
He added that the recent incidence after the Kano Pillars versus Enugu Rangers NPFL playoff tie at the Agege stadium, where fans invaded the pitch wielding dangerous weapons, could have been prevented with proper security planning.
“Maybe there was a breakdown in communication. I was not there so I can’t say much.”
Meanwhile, LMC spokesman, Harry Iwuala, said the league body shouldn’t be blamed for violence at match venues, adding that it was the duty of clubs and state FAs to provide security at match venues.
He said, “It is the job of the police to protect anywhere there is a crowd. Is their job not to police every area of the state?
“The clubs are in charge of security and they do that through the state Fas. LMC doesn’t own Agege stadium, LMC only got permission from the Lagos FA to use that stadium and everything that has to do with security was handed to them. LMC has nothing to do with security.”