Taraba FC players, frustrated at not getting paid their monthly salaries protested at the state government house, but were met by soldiers who brutalized them.
The players who had not been paid for 11 months went to the government house for a peaceful protest, preventing both staff and political appointees from gaining access into the premises.
The players claimed they were yet to be paid their remunerations and match bonus by the state government.
Speaking with newsmen, the team captain, Kelvin Njoku, expressed dismay at the “deliberate” refusal of the state government to “pay us our salaries for the past eleven months.”
Apart from the salaries, which he said the state government has “refused to pay in spite of the bailout given to them by the federal government,” the government, Njoku said “has also refused to pay us our match bonuses.”
Unfortunately, they were accosted by over eleven soldiers armed with horsewhips and riffles, who flogged and inflicted pains on the players for their audacity to stop activities at the Government House.