Friday Olokor, Jos
Persons suspected to be thugs loyal to Plateau United Supporters Club invaded the premises of Jay 101.9 FM in Jos and abducted a sports presenter, Ferdinand Mbum, and took him to an unknown destination.
The incident reportedly happened about 6:25pm after a magazine sports show called “Sports Extra.”
The thugs were said to have been led by the chairman of PUSC, Mallam Audu.
The invaders allegedly arrived the premises of Jay 101.9 FM in a black Honda Accord and a Peugeot 406 Wagon which was branded with 4+4 and Lalong Boys, with the photograph of the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, boldly inscribed on it.
The management of the radio station has demanded apology from Plateau United, failing which it said it would seek redress in court.
A statement issued on Sunday by the Station Manager, Jay FM Jos, Mangna Wamyil, obtained by The PUNCH, said the incident has been reported at the Motor Traffic Division, Anglo Jos of the Nigeria Police.
Jay 101.9 FM also called on the Plateau 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 said its lawyers were able to trace Ferdinand Mbum to the A Division of the Nigeria Police Force, where the thugs had taken him to.
“At the Division, he was immediately detained by the police, who turned a blind eye to his abductors who ought to have been arrested for taking laws into their hands, thereby assaulting and abducting Ferdinand Mbum.
Consequently, a complaint of defamation of character and other undetermined allegations were instituted against him.
When contacted, the spokesperson of Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, confirmed that Ferdinand and his abductors were in the police station.”
“Ferdinand Obum was released to a surety. They will all return here on Monday.”
The Media Officer of Plateau United, Albert Dakup, said the incident was unfortunate.
He said, “The alleged physical assault by one Mallam Audu was not on the orders of the General Manager as being speculated by a section of the media.
“The GM is also using this opportunity to apologise to Ferdinand Mbum and the management of Jay FM 101.9 FM Jos over the unfortunate incident.”