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Thursday, June 15, 2023

PHOTO: Referee, Mustapha Bello, died after being struck by lightning during a friendly football match

Referee, Mustapha Bello, dies after being struck by lightning during a friendly football match.

A family member of the deceased, who simply gave his name as Ibrahim, said Ibrahim was buried Wednesday morning in Suleja town where he lived. Nigerian referee, Mustapha Bello has died as a result of thunder strike while officiating a game.

The sad and shocking incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon during a game in Niger State. 
An eyewitness, Muhammed Musa, confirming the incident to Daily Trust on Wednesday, said the match in which Suleja and Madalla youths participated, was on a half-time break around 5:20 pm when the incident happened.

“It was raining and all the footballers along with their fans were taking refuge inside the school’s classrooms. The referee along with his assistant (lineman) rushed back to the field, demanding the players to join them.

“They were only at the centre of the pitch when the thunder struck. Two of them were rushed to a hospital, where the referee was confirmed dead on arrival while his assistant was revived,” he said.

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