By Ejike Ejike, Abuja
The Nigeria Police Force is to partner with former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo to revamp the fortune of sports in the Force.
Speaking when the Nigeria football legend visited the IGP in his office, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris said “in the field of sports, the Police, under my leadership,will continue to promote sports as a veritable tool for physical fitness of personnel and national development, unity and cohesion.
“We sponsored the IGP Queens who came third in the Zenith Women’s basketball league and the Police Baton in the men’s basketball league as well as the Police Flickers who came second in the national hockey league. The team will now represent the country at the Nations Cup in Egypt.
“Nigeria has always relied on the Nigerian police to produce athletes for international competitions. The Police are, therefore, committed to making the country proud in sports and security.
“Sport is very important to all aspects of physical development. We recruit personnel annually and we will allocate a percentage to sports.”
While speaking on security, IGP Idris said “It is on record that we have within our short but purposeful stay in office marshalled out strategies to check a lot of security challenges that have continued to threaten us ad a nation.
“I would want to assure your humble self and indeed, all Nigerians, that with supports and encouragement like yours today, we have been able to reduce to the barest minimum, cases of high ciass Kidnap Kingpins and check their activities. You would recall cases at individuals and groups like the Vampire, Evans and over 3000 kidnappers terrorising people along Kaduna-Abuia High way and in other parts of our dear country.
“In the like manner, we are sincerely addressing cases at armed robbers, farmers/herdsmen clashes, cattle rustiing and a host of other criminal activities and gangs in Nigeria.
On the reason for his visit, Kanu said he came to offer support to the Police Force and also seek ways of partnering with the Force to produce athletes like Chioma Ajunwa and Samuel Peter.