NSF: Irate fans on the rampage at boxing venue
Some fans at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre yesterday disrupted the boxing event of the National Sports Festival and caused pandemonium, as people inside the venue ran helter-skelter.
The Trouble started a few minutes after 7pm after the bout between Team Edo’s Lydia Uhumwangho and Bayelsa’s Jacinta Umunnekwe ended.
With the decision of the referees not likely to favour the hosts, some apprehensive fans, believed to be supporters of Team Edo, invaded the floor, chanting war songs to intimidate the referees from announcing the result.
Thereafter, the disconnection of power within the venue for few minutes by unknown persons compounded the already tense situation, as people, including the security personnel, ran for dear life, even in the dark.
Three fights did not hold on Tuesday night because of the violence. These include the 91kg bout between Lagos and Ondo states (male), and 81kg fight between Ondo and Delta and +91kg bout between Delta and Enugu.