The Adamawa Government has banned the operation of football viewing centres indefinitely in the state.
The state government said in a statement by Ahmad Sajoh, Director Press and Public Affairs to Governor Murtala Nyako, that the ban was based on the advice of the Nigerian Army.
The statement said the government regretted any inconvenience caused by the action to the teeming football fans and the owners of the viewing centres.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there is growing concern over the safety of viewing centres in Adamawa following last Sunday’s bomb attack on a pub in Mubi.
The beer parlours also serve as football viewing centres at Kabang ward of Mubi town where the incident claimed many lives.
However, with the ban, many football fans will not be able to watch the 2014 World Cup matches from the centres which had sprung up across the state.
But defending their action, the military hierarchy in the state said it was for the safety of the fans.
“Our action is not to stop Nigerians … watching the World Cup. It is to protect their lives,” Brigadier-General Nicholas Rogers Reuters on Wednesday in Yola, the state capital
The 20th FIFA World Cup in Brazil will kick off on June 12, and the Nigeria Super Eagles will play their first match against Iran on June 16.