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Monday, August 1, 2016

Team protests over unpaid salary

Nigeria Premier League team, Lobi Stars Football Club’s feeder team on Monday staged a protest in front of Benue State’s government house over the non-payment of salaries, match bonuses, poor management and other related matters.

The feeder's team captain, Tar Terhemen, told journalists that the last time they were paid was December 2015; both in salaries and match bonuses.

He said further that there was no reason for the debt since the government give funds to the club's vice-chairman, Mr Mike Idoko.

Terhemen explained that the club's new management did not care about the welfare of the team, he said they will go for matches outside the state without being given us a penny for accommodation and feeding.

Terhemen said further that the players used to receive N7000 as match bonus but was slashed to N5000 and, later, N3000 by the current management.

He said: "We were one time abandoned in Lagos and Kano states after playing matches and thirty of us were jag parked in one hotel room for days. Some of us are not from Benue State, we came from different states and have people to cater for but see how we are been maltreated here.''

The chairman of Lobi stars football club of Makurdi and deputy governor of the state, Engineer Benson Abounu directed the Media officer of the club, Mr. Emmanuel Ujah to address them and consequently bring the players to his office, after series of songs from the players.

The team's Captain with two other players went to the deputy governor office leaving the remaining protesters at the main gate of the government house.

The deputy governor together with the players and vice chairman Mr. Idoko later had a close door meeting, and the outcome of the meeting was not disclosed.

- Oladayo Juan Joe Bamidele

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