The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has assured all soccer loving Nigerians who are planning on visiting the State for the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifying match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Chipolopolo of Zambia scheduled to hold at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on October 7, 2017, of adequate security.
In a press release signed by the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, the Command said it has put in place adequate security arrangement to ensure hitch free game between Nigeria and Zambia, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.
The release said the State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu is determined to guarantee that soccer loving Nigerians enjoy the football match under a peaceful atmosphere devoid of any infractions of law and has directed the deployment of specially selected Officers knowledgeable in crowd control and Policing events to provide top-notch security before, during and after the football match.
The statement said, due to influx of soccer fans into the State, adequate crime reduction strategies have been designed to check crime and criminal acts throughout the State, adding that it is also in addition to existing anti-crime measures in the state.
The Command enjoins all soccer fans visiting the Nest of Champions to conduct themselves in the most orderly and hospitable manner, maintaining that Sport is a veritable means to promote unity, solidarity and cultivate enduring friendship.
DSP Bala said the Command, in Collaboration with sister Security Agencies and other stakeholders in sports administration are working assiduously to facilitate adequate sports security in accordance with international standards. He emphasized that the Command will not hesitate to deal decisively with miscreants and sports hooligans who may take undue advantage of the peace and security existing in the State to carry out their illegal acts.
- Marcel Samuel