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Published On: Thu, Jun 12th, 2014

World Cup: Adamawa shuts down TV viewing centres over insecurity

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Gov.-Murtala-NyakoBy Albert Akota

The Adamawa Government has banned the operation of football viewing centres indefinitely in the state.

The state government said in a statement by Ahmad Sajoh, Director Press and Public Affairs to Governor Murtala Nyako, that the ban was based on the advice of the Nigerian Army.

The statement said the government regretted any inconvenience caused by the action to the teeming football fans and the owners of the viewing centres.

There has been growing concern over the safety of viewing centres in Adamawa following last Sunday’s bomb attack on a pub in Mubi.

The beer parlours also serve as football viewing centres at Kabang ward of Mubi town where the incident claimed many lives.

The ban, many football fans will not be able to watch the 2014 World Cup matches from the centres which had sprung up across the state.

The 20th FIFA World Cup in Brazil will kick off on 12 June while Nigeria will play their first match against Iran on June 16.

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