Seven Chelsea fans were burnt alive when the bus they were travelling in went up in flames after it somersaulted in Lagos Tuesday night.
Another fan of the English Premier League side was stabbed to death following an argument on the night ‘The Blues’ stunned defending champions Barcelona to zoom into the final of the UEFA champions League.
The seven fans met their death inside a public bus popularly called ‘Danfo’ on their way to the densely populated Lagos neighbourhood of Ojuelegba from Ojota.
Eye witnesses told the sports daily Soccer Star that the bus driver was drunk, which led to his reckless driving.
In another Lagos neighbourhood of Shasha, John Idoko, 23, died from stab wounds after he got into a bitter debate during Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final clash.
Police spokesman Jaiyeoba Joseph confirmed the incident and said the killers of Idoko are still at large.
An eye witness, Kayode Olumide, said rival fans belonging to both Barcelona and Chelsea battled with broken bottles and planks soon after the match was blown off at the Camp Nou.
Football is the national sport in Nigeria with millions of fans very passionate about the European clubs they follow on television.
Therefore top EPL clubs like Chelsea, who parade Nigeria international Mikel Obi, Arsenal and Manchester United enjoy overwhelming followership in the country.
United have already played a friendly in Abuja, while Arsenal are planning a pre-season playing tour of the country in the summer.