The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police in-charge of Training, Sani Usman Mohammed has been named the security coordinator for the sixth Okpekpe international 10km road race which holds next month in Okpekpe near Auchi, Edo State.
Disclosing this in Lagos, Zack Amodu, the director of organisation for the IAAF silver label race, revealed that AIG Mohammed will oversee the security arrangement before, during and after the race in Okpekpe on May 12, 2018.
“We are delighted to have AIG Mohammed head a very vital section of the historic race in Okpekpe next month.
He availed us of his services last year when we were a bronze label race.Now that we have been upgraded to a silver label, there is the need to call on him again,” said Amodu.
“The AIG is not new to sports and sports administration in Nigeria. He was for eight years the president of the Nigeria Chess Federation before becoming a member of the current board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).So he understands the security needs of any sporting event.
It is only fitting that he joins our crack team of experts to midwife an IAAF silver label road race for the first time in Nigeria and West Africa,’explains Amodu who thanked the AIG and the entire Nigeria Police for contributing immensely to the success story Okpekpe race has become today.
“There is no doubt that the Nigeria Police has been a dependable ally since the inaugural edition of the race in 2013. Last year the Force, through the wonderful effort of AIG Mohammed availed us the use of the Police Helicopter to fly some important dignitaries including his Excellency,the executive Governor of Edo state,Godwin Obaseki and the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung from Benin to Okpekpe on race day.
We are indeed grateful for this,’said Amodu who also praised the Police for helping in the training and development of sportsmen and women in Nigeria..
“The Nigeria Police has been a major factor in the development of sports in Nigeria and have trained its officers to win global laurels for Nigeria.
Chioma Ajunwa is on record as the first and only Nigerian to win an individual Olympic medal for Nigeria while the late Sunday Bada won Nigeria’s first IAAF World Indoor Championships gold medal.”
The Okpekpe international 10km road race will be the first IAAF Silver Label 10km race of the year. It will hold a day before the IAAF Gold Label Tata Consultancy Services World 10K in Bangalore, India.
The race is the only road race recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) in Nigeria and it is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.