Cultists visited a soccer viewing centre in Abakaliki during the Spanish League’s El Classico match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona El-Classico, critically wounding their victim.
The viewing centre is located at Onuebonyi area of the town and witnesses likened the incident to a scene from the American Hollywood movies.
The attackers stormed the centre about 7.30 p.m., midway into the match’s first half and sat down like other viewers enthralled by the captivating encounter before making for their prey, a second-year student of the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki.
A witness and the viewing Centre Operator, Mr John Otubo, noted that the attackers were magnanimous for reducing the impact of their attack considering the number of arms they brandished.
“I watched them brandish two short guns, axes and knives as they simply went for their target, dragged him out and started using the weapons on him.
“No one can explain why they did not shoot him as they concentrated on him without attacking any other person or shooting sporadically to elicit stray-bullet incidences,’’ he said.
Otubo, however, said that several viewers were injured during the ensuing stampede while they scampered for safety as the viewing was abruptly halted.
“Pandemonium set forth as viewers ran in different directions and with the centre having only one entrance, most viewers pulled down the zincs used as makeshift walls at the centre.
“Several viewers were injured in the process, including those who were trampled upon during the stampede as the attackers felt their prey was dead and hurriedly left the scene.
“I and other sympathisers met him motionless and in his pool of blood with the severe cuts on different parts of his body inflicted by the attackers.
“We immediately took him to a hospital which I cannot disclose presently as doctors said his condition was critical,’’ he said.
Source: Information Nigeria