From: Blessing Iruoma, Port Harcourt
As the 10th Biennial Police Games came to an end in Port Harcourt on Saturday, it was full of fun, until the fireworks which was supposed to be a part of the celebration, disrupted the President Goodluck Jonathan’s closing Speech.
According to our reporter who was at the scene of event, after every other dignitaries had presented their remarks, and trophy were given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd gold medallist at the games, the Vice President, Arch Namadi Sambo, who represented the President at the occasion was invited to make a closing speech.
As soon as Arch Sambo, started making his speech, there was a display of fireworks. At that extent people became afraid, that the sound and constant display could lead to unsuspicious attack, by some persons who may want to disrupt the smooth event. As a result of the sound, nobody could hear or understand what the Vice President was saying, until he left the stand where he was delivering the speech.
However, in his remark, the Minister of Police Affair, Navy Capt Celeb Olubolade, said the aim of the game have been achieved, through the cooperation of the Police and other sister agencies, especially as they protect lives and properties.
Olubolade, appreciated the President of Nigeria, for his immense support to the success of the games.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed D. Abubakar, also thanked Mr President and Vice President, Rivers Governor and others who showed their unflinching support to the successful event, stressing that the game has brought the real quality of police, also showed the hospitality of Rivers people.
Abubakar, stated that the aim of the Games which is to promote unity, comradeship and excellence among members of the Force and other sister organizations has been achieved, stressing that the Force under his leadership would continue to stress the importance of physical fitness to its members, saying that “friendship has been achieved by this game especially in this era of national transformation, games like this help in uniting the country”
In his remark, Governor of Rivers State, Rt Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, that after one week of the sports, the Nigerian police force will ever be cherished
Governor Amaechi, who was represented by his Deputy, Engr Tele Ikuru, commended the efforts of the police during the games, stressing that Nigerian Police would continue to remain as the warehouse for the nation’s sporting glory.
At the end of the seven day national competition games by police officers, Zone 2 Lagos, took 1st position, Forces Headquarters Abuja, came 2nd, while Zone 11 Oshogbo took 3rd position
Meanwhile, there was also raffle draw by officers to go home with five free cars
The following officers won the cars, Corporal Isaac Azazi from Edo State command, Corporal IK Owukeze, Ebonyi, Constable Rita Ebuno, Ebonyi, Inspector Nwabufo Felix, Ekiti and a woman Corporal Olunke, from Rivers command.