The Nigeria Police authorities have deployed 500 officers to the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom cue to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game between the Super Eagles and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.
In a press released statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Mr. Chukwu Ikechukwu (DSP) who said the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Don Awunah is determined to ensure the safety of football fans at the stadium and to avoid any breakdown of law and order.
“The Commissioner of Police‚ Mr. Donald Awunah has directed the deployment of over 500 specially selected officers knowledgeable in crowd control and policing events to provide security before‚ during and after the match‚” a press release from the Akwa Ibom state government said.
“In addition‚ due to influx of football fans into the state‚ adequate crime reduction strategies have been placed to check crime and criminalities‚ throughout the state.
“It is also in addition to existing anti-crime measures in the state.
He however implored all football loving fans that will be at the Nest of Champions to conduct themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner, as the game of soccer is a mean to promote unity and solidarity amongst Nigerians.