Some suspected supporters of Plateau United Football Club have invaded the premises of Jay 101.9 FM, a radio station based in Jos and abducted a sport presenter, Ferdinand Mbum.
The incident occurred at about 6.26pm on Sunday after the victim had finished anchoring a show.
The Punch reports the suspects, who were led by the chairman of Plateau United Supporters Club, Mallam Audu, invaded the premises of the radio station in a black Honda Accord and a Peugeot 406 Wagon branded 4+4 and Lalong Boys, with the photograph of the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, boldly inscribed on it.
Consequently, the management of the media establishment, in a statement, demanded an apology from the football club and threatened to sue the NPFL Champions if they disregarded it.
It also urged the state Commissioner of Police, Andie Undie, to arrest and prosecute the culprits.
The statement reads: “Without equivocation, we want to use the occasion to demand within 24 hours, an unreserved apology from the General Manager of Plateau United Football Club on whose instructions the thugs seemingly acted”.
“The apology must be conveyed to us in writing, published in three (3) national dailies of repute, and broadcast on three radio stations in Jos, Plateau State”.
“Failure to do that, we have instructed our lawyers to file a case of abuse of fundamental human rights and other charges against him and the football club.”
The radio station, however, afterwards said its lawyers traced Mbum to the A Division of the Nigeria Police Force in Jos, where the thugs had taken him. It added that allegations of defamation of character and other undetermined offences were already instituted against him.
Albert Dakup, the Media Officer of the club was said to have apologised to the radio house, saying “the physical assault” was not carried out on the orders of the General Manager of the club as speculated.
The police later released the presenter on conditions to a surety.