The Board, Management and staff of Heartland FC Owerri led by Barr. Charles Ezekwem has commiserated with the Management and Staff of FC Ifeanyi Ubah on the unfortunate armed robbery attack they suffered near Lokoja on their way to Kano to Honour the match day 6 away encounter against Jigawa Golden Stars.
Also the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Emeka Ihedioha, Prince Eze Ugochukwu, has also commiserated with the club over the unfortunate incident.
Ugochukwu said that the state government will stand by the club in these trying times.
A statement signed by Heartland FC Director of Media and Communication, Solomon Onu, said that the incident has brought to the fore the hazards faced by players while honouring away matches.
The statement said that the incident also highlighted the plight of the travelling public as a result of the deplorable condition of Nigerian roads.
Heartland FC urged stakeholders to formulate a robust transportion and safety plan in order to stem the ugly tide of road accidents and armed robbery attacks NPFL Clubs constantly suffer on the road.
It said, “Times ike these are always very difficult to overcome but be rest assured that you are not alone in this trying time as we stand as brothers, encouraging you to hold strong. We also want to thank God for you that no life was lost during the traumatic incident while praying for the speedy recovery of the driver and other members of the team who suffered gun shots wounds and other consequent injuries.
“Heartland FC sincerely wishes to bring to the fore, the huge safety risks NPFL clubs are made to put up with in the bid to Honour away matches. Nigeria has a very huge land mass and and a wide geo-political spread.
“Therefore, the logistic hazards Involved when clubs traverse the length and breadth of the country cannot be overemphasized.
“This is a clarion call to our leaders and the security agencies to do more as regards the safety of our roads.”
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