Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Dikko Abubakar
By Olawale Ajimotokan
Plans are at advanced stage to invite security agents from some West African countries to the 10th edition of the Nigeria Police Games billed for Port Harcourt later in the month.
This was revealed at the weekend by the Chairman of the Games Organising Committee, Abimbola Macaulay, during the inauguration of the Main Organising Committee in Abuja at the weekend.
Macaulay, who is a Commissioner of Police, said that the international partnership would enhance working relationships and enable the Nigeria Police to share ideas with their counterparts on how to tackle security challenges in the West African region.
Some of the countries that will be sending contingents to the games include Senegal, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin Republic.
Macaulay similarly indicated that other security outfits such as the Nigeria Army, Air Force, Navy and Nigeria Civil Defence have made commitment to feature at the Games.
The MOC was inaugurated in Abuja to oversee the biennial Nigeria Police Games which will commence on February 24.
The committee which comprises eminent Nigerians in the private sector have the mandate to raise N500 million required for staging of the Games.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Dikko Abubakar was represented at the inauguration by DIG of Police Sulaiman Fakai.
The committee was charged to use it contact and goodwill to the advantage of the games through cash and kind contributions that will lead to the success of the games.
“It is on record that the Nigeria Police gave the country her first ever Olympic gold medal and even before that feat, we have had several police officers that have done this country proud. We have been in the Nigerian sporting activities since 1953 and I want to assure you that in our effort to make Nigeria a better sporting country, we will never relent in our resolve to organise this world class Games in Port Harcourt this month. However, we know that we cannot do it alone. We need your support from you and other good people of this country,” Macaulay appealed.