In a significant development, the highly anticipated Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) clash between Lobi Stars and Abia Warriors, originally slated for today, Saturday, October 21, 2023, at Lafia Township Stadium, has been rescheduled.
This decision to postpone the match, which was initially set to kick off at 4 PM in Lafia, is a poignant tribute to the victims of the tragic events that unfolded in Otukpo, Benue State. Armed robbers carried out a brazen attack on four banks in the area yesterday afternoon, resulting in loss of life and widespread turmoil.
The announcement of the postponement came from Dominic Iorfa, Vice Chairman and CEO of Lobi Stars FC, who conveyed his condolences to the affected families in an official statement.
Iorfa’s statement eloquently expressed the club’s heartfelt solidarity and empathy for the grieving families: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the rescheduling of the Lobi Stars NPFL Matchday 4 fixture against Abia Warriors. This decision reflects our deep sympathy for the families affected by the tragic bank robbery in Otukpo, Benue State, which occurred just yesterday.”
“Otukpo holds a special significance as the Deputy Governor’s Local Government, and we’re also aware that Barr. Sam Ode, the Chairman of Lobi Stars Football Club, hails from this area. In light of this tragic occurrence, the management of Lobi Stars reached out to the league authorities to request a change of date, allowing us to share in the mourning of the bereaved families.”
“Graciously, the league authorities have honored our request, rescheduling the Lobi Stars’ encounter with Abia Warriors to Sunday, October 22, 2023, at the same venue in Lafia, Nasarawa State, with the match time remaining at 4 PM.”
“Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives during the incident, and we extend our deepest condolences to their grieving families. May they find eternal peace, and may their families find solace during this challenging time.”