Against the backdrop of the AFCON 2017 qualification match between Nigeria and South Africa scheduled to hold on Saturday June 10 2017, at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, the Nigeria Police Force, Akwa Ibom State Command has put in place adequate security arrangements to ensure hitch free exercise.
Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, CP Don Awunah in a statement disclosed that the command is determined to guarantee that soccer loving Nigerians enjoy the football match under a peaceful atmosphere devoid of any infractions of law.
He has consequently directed the deployment of over 500 specially selected officers knowledgeable in crowd control and policing events to provide top notch security before, during and after the football match.
“In addition, due to influx of soccer fans into the State, adequate crime reduction strategies have been emplaced to check crime and criminalities; throughout the State” he said adding that “It is in addition to existing anti-crime measures in the State”.
According to a statement signed by DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu, Police Public Relations Officer, Uyo, “The CP enjoins all soccer fans visiting the Nest of Champions to conduct themselves in a most orderly and hospitable manner” saying “Sports is a veritable means to promote unity, solidarity and cultivate enduring friendship”.
He 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 warned however, 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 Akwa Ibom State.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, CP. Don Awunah has announced that he will be embarking on a familiarization tour of all area commands in the state.
He will be in the area commands to evaluate the level of crime management and control.
A statement by DSP Chukwu Ikechukwu, Police Public Relations Officer, alerted Area Commands and Divisional Police Stations of the Itinerary of the CP’s tour.
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