The Main Organising Committee of the 2012 National Sports Festival, tagged Eko 2012, has tasked the security subcommittee of the Games to ensure a secure competition from 27 November – 9 December in Lagos.

Yola expressed satisfaction with the security arrangements being put in place by the subcommittee, adding that with the security document presented to the MOC by the committee, he foresees a hitch free tournament.

He said: “I am very impressed with all the security plans the committee has put in place for this festival and I can assure you that other members of the MOC would be equally delighted when they see the detailed plans spell out in this document. Also, when the Minister of Sports Abolaji Abdullahi presents this comprehensive security plans to the Federal Executive Council in Abuja I am confident they would be assured that Lagos State would host a crime free festival.”

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Alhaji Yola however, charged the security committee to ensure that all the details of the security plans are implemented to the latter, adding that there is the need for them to work in synergy with other subcommittees to have a secured games.

Chairman of the security committee, Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Vincent Brown, assured the MOC that the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, through the Lagos Police Command are ready to secure all the athletes, officials and fans coming for the Games, adding that for this reason 76 patrol vehicles manned by a crew of three men each would be deplored to Lagos area during the festival.

—Bamidele Olowosagba