Taraba FC players besiege Govt House Jalingo over unpaid 11 Month salary By; Magaji Hunkuyi, Jalingo.

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Taraba FC players besiege Govt House Jalingo over unpaid 11 Month salary

By; Magaji Hunkuyi, Jalingo.

Taraba FC players, Friday besieged Government House Jalingo to protest over nonpayment of  11 Months  outstanding salary.

The Players locked the Government House gate and prevented workers entry into the seat of of power for several hours.

They also complained that match bonuses for 2014 and 2015 league were not paid to them.

Top government officials including the Chief of Staff Government House Mr. Rebo Usman made effort to send the players out but failed as they insisted that they were not leaving the premises until they are paid the outstanding salary.

Soldiers invited into the premises to send the protesting players away who initially wanted to use force had to changed tactics as the players went violent.

The Soldiers  however resorted to  diplomacy  before the players finally left the premises  to their camp in Magami area of the metropolis.

Captain of the team Kevin Njoku said that they were not paid their salary since November 2014. He explained that most of the players had to beg to feed themselves while others depend on the good will of the club’s supporters to survive.

The captain expressed disappointment over the government action of inviting soldiers to manhandle them over what he said was a peaceful protest. He explained that the most painful thing was  that the league  was over for the past two weeks  but they  could  not travel out  because of their financial situation.

The Chief of Staff while speaking with the protesting players said it was Thursday that a report on the problem of the club was submitted to government. He urged the players to exercise more patience as the government will soon address their problem.

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