Boko Haram Threatens Handball Tourney

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Indications are rife that some states may pull out of the National U-19 Handball Championships billed for Sokoto State tomorrow, citing the activities of the dreaded sect, Boko Haram in the country as a reason.

The tourney, billed for Gingiya Stadium, Sokoto, was earlier slated for 23 February to 4 March, had to be rescheduled for tomorrow due to the security situation, especially in the northern part of the country.

Speaking early today, Technical Committee member of the Handball Federation of Nigeria, HFH, John Jatau, said the Sokoto State government has promised to provide adequate security during the tourney.

“We are aware that some states have indicated their decision to pull out of the tourney due to the activities of the Boko Haram, which are prevalent in the northern part of the country,” Jatau stated.

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He added: “The Sokoto State government, which is hosting the tourney, has assured the federation that it will provide adequate security for all the participating teams and their officials during the championships.”

The competition is organised by the HFN in-conjunction with the Sokoto State government and is expected to feature both male and female teams from the 36 states of the federation.

—Bimbo Ajayi