September 26, 2023


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Inspector General of Police repositions police sports festival, sets up planning committee for police games.

By Prince Sunny Ebhojiaye.

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has directed all the sports officers in zonal commands and formation to start preparing for police sports festival, popularly known as police games.

The next police games will be hosted in Lagos State, next year February, 2022. As part of his Operation Restore Hope agenda aimed at turning around all facets of the Nigeria police force, the police boss recently invited the force sports committee to explore ways of re-inventing and re-positioning the enviable position of the Nigeria police force in the  national and international sporting arena.

At the meeting of the sports committee, the IGP Baba expressed displeasure with the committee and chairperson of various sporting units for their inability to take sports to the desired level because so many things have been left unattended to.

He warned that he would not allow sports which has promoted the image of the Nigeria police force both nationally and internationally to die during his tenure as the police boss, wondering why the sports committee has not met since he became IGP, with a view to forward their requests for consideration. 

The Inspector General of Police expressed his willingness to assist the committee in sourcing for befting sponsors for the incoming sports games.

In his response, the sports officer of the Nigeria police sports committee, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Atairo thanked the Inspector General of police for accepting to support  organising committee, and attributed the lapses of the committee to the current security situation in the country.

CITY EXPRESS NEWS gathered from force police headquarters FCT Abuja Edet House that CSP Kalat Shaman, the force sports secretary has directed every zonal commands AIG and Commissioner of police to carry out letters for the early preparation.

It was also gathered that young sports men and women are to be recruited by police colleges for next year police sports festival.     The recruitment of sports men and women commenced some months ago. The sports loving Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Baba was the former Chairman of Police festival committee at the last games.