June 20, 2009

Globacom commiserates with Bayelsa United over captain’s killing

By Richard Animam
Globacom Limited     has commiserated with   the Management and players of Bayelsa United over the recent death of their captain, Abiel Tabor who was killed by armed robbers few hours after the team lifted the 2008/09 Globacom League trophy.

A condolence message signed by Globacom’s Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohamed Jameel described the news of Tabor’s murder as shocking and a big blow to football in Nigeria.  In the message which was also sent to the Nigeria Premier League Board, Globacom noted that the death of the player was a sad tale on the historic achievement of the club in the Globacom Premier League.

The Globacom statement read, “The news of Abiel’s death brought us grief especially when it is recalled that he was killed few hours after he had received the Globacom Premier League trophy from our staff at the Oleh Township Stadium on Sunday, June 14. His killing is a sad tale on the historic achievement of Bayelsa United in the Globacom Premier League and no doubt a huge loss to the club, the people and government of Bayelsa State , Globacom Premier League and all football loving Nigerians”.

While enjoining the club and immediate family of the late player to bear the loss with fortitude, Jameel added “on behalf of the Chairman, Board, Management and Staff of Globacom Limited, we wish to extend our heart felt sympathy to the family of the late player and to the Nigeria Premier League Board. We join you in prayers for the repose of his soul”

The late Tabor had on Sunday, June 14 received the Globacom Premier League trophy from Mr. Ibrahim Fadipe, the Head of  Glo-Gateway Limited at the Oleh Township stadium following the team’s 2-2 draw with Warri Wolves to emerge champions with 70 points. Bayelsa edged strong rivals, Heartland FC of Owerri on the last day to clinch their first Globacom League title. Tabor was reportedly shot to death by armed robbers along the Oghara-Warri road.