The first leg of the all-important 2017 African Cup of Nations has ended with mixed reactions as fans lament the level of preparation for fans as regards security. Naij.com Sports reported a few hours before the game which was played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna that security was top-notch as several top Nigerian security agencies which included the men of the Nigerian police force, men of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well as the Nigerian Army were spotted at strategic locations in a bid to ensure the arena got the needed security.
For their love for football, fans trooped to the stadium from different parts of the country as early as 9am but were denied access into the arena as the officers claimed they were “acting according to instructions.”
As a result, thousands of fans lurked around the arena in groups as some others jostled for tickets which were scarce. Tension was beginning to increase as some of the fans lamented poor treatment by the officers with a man getting injured in the squabble.
Despite the scorching sun, the gates were not opened to fans until a few minutes to 1pm, possibly because the security men were advised to do so as tens of thousands of fans were getting impatient.
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