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The Nasarawa State  Government on Tuesday summoned the  Commissioner for  Sports and Youth  Development  Bamayi Anangba to explain why  he sacked no fewer than 65  Nasarawa United feeder team players  without  consulting Deputy Governor Silas Agara.

The protesters attempted to forcefully gain entry into the premises but were prevented by security officials who quickly locked the gates.The development came after the players marched through the streets of the state capital Lafia to stage a protest at the  sports ministry  earlier in the day.

Speaking  exclusively to The PUNCH,  the leader of the group Usman Abdullahi said the protest was aimed at  drawing Governor Tanko Al-Makura’s attention to their plight.

According to him, the sports ministry sacked  them without paying them their October and November salaries.

Abdullahi  said, “Our contracts will  end in 2018 and the ministry is yet to pay us our  October and November salaries. They should respect the terms of the agreements by allowing us to complete our contracts.”

He claimed that  they played most of their matches without allowances, but still put in their best due to their  love for the team.

The deputy governor, who spoke to our correspondent, said the commissioner  did not inform the state government before firing the players. He confirmed that he had summoned  Anangba.

The commissioner, who spoke to our  correspondent,  explained that the ministry acted based  on the  technical report from the management of the team.

“Already the ministry is working towards organising  the Governor’s Cup to provide a platform for the selection of players  for  the  team.”He said, “The management of the team submitted a report and recommended that the present team be disengaged to give room for  new players.

However, a top government official, who spoke  on condition of anonymity, told our correspondent  that the commissioner acted without consulting  the management of the team.

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