3SC striker Ebenezer brutalized, sustain cut on his face
Reports reaching Bestof9ja News reads that Shooting Stars striker Ebenezer Odeyemi described his suffering at the hands of army officers in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday.
Soldiers assaulted Odeyemi, also known as Lukaku, and three of his 3SC colleagues, Adekunle Adeniyi, Sochima Elum, and Chimamkpa Onwubuchie, when they were having supper at a nearby cafeteria in Idishin, near the club’s camp at Jericho Road, Ibadan, following the club’s training session.
The former MFM striker stated he and his teammates spotted the soldiers approaching them but decided not to pursue them because they had committed no crime.
When Adeniyi, Elum, and Onwubuchie were attacked, Odeyemi was unable to flee and was lynched by the four officers.
“We were almost through eating when we saw these troops approach towards the canteen, and as obedient citizens who had committed no crime, we continued our conversation since we assumed they were also there to eat,” Odeyemi narrated.
“However, they came to beat us up.” My friends escaped just as they were about to assault us, and as I tried to flee, I fell down and was ambushed by all of them. I got a cut on my face from the punches they threw at me.
“I told them I’m a professional football player with a state club (Shooting Stars), but they didn’t care,” says the player.
Odeyemi, who has one goal in ten appearances for 3SC this season, said he is healing from the injuries incurred in the attack, but ruled out a return to the Oluyole Warriors this weekend when they visit Kano Pillars.
“I’m not sure I’ll be able to play this weekend because my ankles are swollen and I have cuts on my right toe.” I’m in excruciating pain all over my body.”
Odeyemi isn’t the only Nigerian footballer who has been brutalized by the country’s security services.
Remo Stars assistant captain Kazeem Tiamiyu was slain in 2020 after being unjustly arrested by members of the Nigeria Police Force’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
After allegedly being forced out of a SARS car while being escorted to their office, the 21-year-old was crushed by an oncoming vehicle on the Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway.
When gunmen stormed a market in his village of Okaki in Rivers State in 2016, ex-3SC defender Izu Joseph was struck by a stray gunshot.
Our correspondent learned that the management of 3SC had filed a plea to Major General A. B. Omozoje, General Officer Commanding, 2 Division, Nigerian Army, seeking justice for the occurrence.
“These are guys who went out to eat dinner and were brutalized by security professionals who are tasked with preserving lives and property,” a team official explained.
“We must all join together to put an end to uniformed men’s brutality against the civilian population in our society.” I’ll be grateful if the victim is willing to go to court to enforce his fundamental right.”