Daily Trust (Abuja)

24 December 2012

Nigeria Police Attributes Sports Revival to Inspector General

The ongoing resurgence which has seen athletes in the Nigeria Police winning laurels has been attributed to the coming on board of the present Inspector General of Police, M.D Abubakar.

Addressing the press in Abuja ahead of the 2013 Police Games, Spokesman of the force, Chief Superintendent of Police, Frank Mbah said the IGP has brought his years of experience as member of various sports associations to revive sporting activities in the force.

He said since the arrival of the IGP, the lost glory is gradually being restored as athletes from the force have posted excellent results in local and international competitions saying it is all due to the unflinching support from the police boss.

"I want to say that we are beginning to put our acts together in the area of sports. You will agree with me that before the coming on board of the present IGP, M.D Abubakar and his management team, sports in the service had nosedived.

"However, the IGP has turned things around for good and this is not a surprise taking into cognisance his history, pedigree and his long term relationship with sports not just as a sports enthusiast but a sports administrator himself.

"You will recall that he was for many years a board member of NFA. For many years he was chairman of Lagos State Badminton Association. And for many years, he was a member the Badminton Federation of Nigeria. With all these, it is not surprising that he has made it one of his top priorities to revitalise sporting life within the force."

Meanwhile, the police spokesman said the 10th edition of the biennial Nigeria Police Games will hold between February 24 and March 2 2013 in the city of Port-Harcourt.

He said the necessary approval and support of not only the host state but that of the Nigerian corporate society has been obtained.

"The 10th biennial Police Games has been scheduled to take place between February 24 and March 2 of 2013. The event will be taking place in the Garden City of Port-Harcourt.

"I also want to use this opportunity to call on sponsors, private as well as corporate bodies to cue into the opportunity that will be provided by the Games to actually support and showcase their love for not just the Nigeria force but the development of sports in Nigeria", he said.

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