Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, on Thursday inaugurated an investigative committee charged with the responsibility of unraveling the circumstances that led to the vandalization of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium on Tuesday in Abuja, as well as recommend measures to forestall subsequent recurrence.
Dare, while inaugurating the committee unbehalf of the Federal Government said the failure of Nigeria to qualify for Qatar 2022 World Cup which left millions of soccer fans devastated is regrettable.
However, Dare stressed that such situation is not enough to call for acts of vandalism and destruction of public infrastructure.
“The Federal Government will not sit, watch and allow individuals, no matter their ages to wilfully damage and destroy Federal Government Infrastructure especially a public infrastructure like the Moshood Abiola National Stadium”.
“Therefore, today I’m inaugurating this committee to look into the acts of vandalism and destruction of the Stadium. This committee will have two weeks to conclude its assignment and submit its report”.
“It is an investigative committee and they will be given necessary access to the stadium, they will be provided with the CCTV footage, they will have access to every relevant person connected with the football match and also the Ministry, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and other relevant agencies,” the minister disclosed.
The committee has the following members:
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Sanni Mohammed (Rtd) – Chairman
Dr. Henry Nzekwu – Vice Chairman
Commodore Omatseye Nesiama (Rtd) – Member
Alhaji Abba Yola – Member
Dr. Simon Ebhojiaye – Member
Mrs. Tayo Oreweme – Member
Mr. Mitchell Obi – Member
Mr. Olumide Bamiduro – Secretary
The committee also has a epresentative of the Director General of the Department of State Security (DSS).
The terms of reference of theaa Committee include unraveling the remote and immediate causes of the incident; determine the extent of the destruction;a investigate the security arrangement and the role of security generally; identify the culprits; identify victims where we have them; make recommendations on how to prevent future occurrence in all stadia across the country in terms of crowd control after games, amongst others.
In his response, the Chairman of the Committee, DIG Mohammed thanked the minister for finding members of the committee worthy of the national assignment, promising they will discharge their responsibilities without fear or favour, in order to assist the country prevent a recurrence of any crowd incident.
The committee has two weeks to submit their report.