The League Management Company (LMC) has expressed sadness over the death of one of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) referees, Femi Okebukola in a motor accident on his way home to his base after the match day 4 fixture in Maiduguri.
LMC Chairman, Malam Shehu Dikko in a statement on Monday said that the sad news came shortly after the shocking death of sports journalist, Jide Fashikun.
“We mourn the death of the two gentlemen and commiserate with their families, the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) and Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) on these untimely deaths.”
Dikko said to honour the late gentlemen who have contributed immensely to the development of the NPFL through their respective professions, the LMC has directed the observation of a minute silence and wearing of black armband by all players and officials during the match day 6 of the NPFL this midweek.
“In honour of the departed referee and journalist, all players and referees are to wear black armband during this Wednesday fixtures of NPFL match day 6,” the LMC Chairman directed.
Okebukola handled the Match Day 4 fixture between El-Kanemi Warriors and Nasarawa United last week Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno state.
Ex-international Fashikun, the managing editor of online publication, the Gong News, reportedly died on Sunday after a brief illness. He was former Chairman of SWAN in Kwara state.