The Plateau State Police Command has banned the operation of football viewing centres as the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil kicked off on Thursday.
The command said that the move became imperative following the discovery that such places had become easy targets of terrorist attacks especially as the FIFA World Cup is in progress.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Dominic Esin, the state police command warned members of the public, particularly owners of football viewing centers and football fans that there was a total ban on football viewing centers in every nook and cranny of the state during the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup
The statement said, “This precautionary measure is aimed at forestalling warnings of impending attacks on these viewing centers by any person or group of persons and to secure an atmosphere of peace and security in the state.
“The State Police command strongly advises football fans to stay away from such centers or watch all the matches of the Brazil 2014 FIFA world cup in their respective houses”.
The statement added that anyone who violates the order, which takes effect immediately, would face the full wrath of the law.