Meet Joseph Odede (One Man Riot); The man whose Act of Gallantry Headlines Bendel Insurance Fans’ Pitch Invasion.
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By ilekam ikechukwu
The pandemonium that marred the rescheduled NNL super 8 match between Bendel Insurance and Ekiti United at the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium enugu yesterday the 10th of September 2021 had one man standing tall in his disposition of duty.
Joseph Zidougha Odede, a popular face in Nigerian football had to intervene courageously as he shielded the assistant referee who was almost left at the mercy of embittered bendel insurance fans after the final whistle.
A chief security officer to Mallam Shehu Dikko, chairman league management company, Joseph Zidougha Odede popular known as “one man riot” stood tall in the defence of assistant referee sani from kano state, save for his timely and gallant intervention the kano state born assistant referee probably would have met his waterloo from a section of ravenous bendel insurance fans and officials.
It was an act worth commendable, speaking to footballflakes after the incident, the towering balyesa born security official affirmed thus;
“Saving lives is the hallmark of my services to humanity, I couldn’t have kept quiet seeing what I deemed a dangerous scenario, and I was present at the venue, so I needed to execute my duty as a security official, to God be the glory serenity was eventually restored” .
His kind is rarely seen, he is a gallant warrior, the safety of match officials is insured when you have his presence at match venues, Joseph Zidougha Odede, the warlock renowned for bravery and selflessness.