Players and officials of the Osun United Football Club of Osogbo were on Wednesday morning attacked by armed robbers on Ore-Ondo Expressway, Punch reports.
The team was travelling to Osogbo from Calabar where they honored their Week 14 Bet9ja Nigeria National League competition.
The report said the vehicle in which the team was travelling developed a fault few kilometers to Ondo town. As the vehicle stopped to see what the problem was, about armed men reportedly came out from the bush and attacked the footballers.
The 32-seater coaster bus which contained 28 people including 18 players alongside technical crew led by the coach of the team, Mr. Duke Udi were reportedly ransacked by the hoodlums.
According to the source, the attackers matcheted members of the team, particularly the driver of the bus and the team’s goalkeeper, Ayo Ojo.
It was gathered that the robbers also collected money, mobile phones and some other valuables from the victims.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo State, Mr. Femi Joseph, said the attackers were not real armed robbers but hoodlums who might be living in the villages around the scene of the incident.
He said, “The incident happened on Wednesday morning at about 1am when members of the team were coming from the Eastern part of the country.
“Those people that attacked the footballers are not deadly armed robbers because they only attacked them with cutlass and sticks. If they were real armed robbers, they would attack with guns.
“When the footballers were trying to retreat, some of them were injured by the hoodlums. The injured ones have been taken to the hospital in Ondo town.”
Joseph, who explained that the command had begun investigation on the matter, said the police were already on the trail of the hoodlums who, according to him lived in the villages around the scene of the incident.