Nigeria League matches in Maiduguri are suspended indefinitely, says LMC
The League Management Company has put on hold all Premier League matches scheduled to be played in Maiduguri until further notice owing to security concerns.
Abia were concerned following waves of attacks by insurgents in Maiduguri and surrounding areas with the north-eastern city is the stronghold of Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
“We are constrained to put on hold all Globacom Premier League games in Maiduguri until further notice due to latest security intelligence from the area and the suspended games include this weekend’s match between El-Kanemi Warriors and Abia Warriors,” the LMC’s statement read on its Facebook page.
“We want to reassure clubs that decisions of the LMC at all times will be guided by the need to serve the greater good and hinged on existing realities,”the statement added.
The decision follows a request from Abia Warriors not to play at the Maiduguri Township Stadium for Saturday’s fixture with against El-Kanemi Warriors.
North-east Nigeria, including Borno state where Maiduguri is the capital, has been under a state of emergency since May 2013 because of the Boko Haram conflict with has claimed hundreds of lives.