A few hour to the opening of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the government of Adamawa has placed an indefinite ban on the operation of football viewing centers in the state.
In a statement made available to newsmen by the director, press and public affairs to Governor Murtala Nyako, the government says the ban was based on the advice of the Nigerian military. The government regretted any inconvenience caused by the action to the teeming football fans and the owners of the viewing centers.
Also , The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there is growing concern over the safety of viewing centres in Adamawa following last Sunday’s bomb attack on a pub in Mubi.
Beer parlours also serve as football viewing centres in the Kabang Ward of Mubi town where the terrorist attack claimed many lives.
NAN reports that with the ban, most 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 kicks off on June 12, and the Nigeria’s Super Eagles play their first match against Iran on June 16.