The Civic Centre, venue of the ongoing National Sports Festival was yesterday morning burgled with most equipments and computers keeping the records of events and data of chess carted away by unknown persons.
The attention of the eggheads of the festival, Chief Patrick Ekeji, the chairman of the Main Organising Committee and Engr. Tele Ikuru of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) were drawn to the ugly situation during a crucial meeting involving leaders of delegation of the states represented at the festival. Immediately the news broke, the MOC chairman, who is also the director general of the National Sports Commission directed the security sub-committee department of the LOC to immediately investigate and report back on the findings regarding the burglary. It was the technical director of the chess federation that broke the unfortunate news which also visibly angered the deputy governor of Rivers State who also serves as the LOC chairman. Ikuru, who later provided 3 new laptops said: “I am more worried about the records not the computers. l can replace the computers 100 times over, but what about the information and data?” he queried.
However, respite came shortly before the end of the meeting as confirmation reached the delegates and top officials that the federation has an unaffected databank which serves as a reserve containing all the relevant data and information earlier stolen.