Nigeria shuts football fan centres over safety fears

The Nigerian national team, in green, playing against the USA Credit: Reuters

Venues in a Nigerian state showing World Cup matches have been closed over fears of attacks by militants.

Soldiers in Yola, the capital of Adamawa state, have shut down the centres in a bid to protect football fans.

Fears have been raised after venues showing games have been targeted by militant groups like Islamist sect Boko Haram.

Brigadier-General Nicholas Rogers said: "Our action is not to stop Nigerians ... in the state watching the World Cup. It is to protect their lives."

Nigeria kick off their World Cup campaign against Iran on June 16th.