By; KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Minister of Interior, Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazzau, has warned personnel of security agencies under the ministry to desist from unruly acts and indiscipline unexpected in the paramilitary service.
Gen. Dambazzau, who gave the warning in Kaduna on Saturday, at the closing ceremony of the Ministry of Interior Games (MIGA), noted that drastic measures will be taken against any officer caught in such acts in the subsequent editions of the games.
“The objectives of the games were mostly achieved except for the pockets of reports of poor spirit of sportsmanship recorded in some venues, which does not portray the discipline that is expected in paramilitary service.
“I want to admonish athletes and officials that did not conduct themselves maturely and responsibly to desist from such acts because in the next edition, drastic measures will be taken against perpetrators.” He said.
The Minister, also donated all the equipment used in the games to two primary and two secondary schools around the Ahmadu Bello Stadium and Murtala Mohammed Square, where the events took place.
According to him, “as part of corporate social responsibility and charity, l
hereby direct the Main Organizing Committee to donate the competition
equipment and balls to two primary and two secondary schools located
around the environs of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium and Murtala Mohammed
In his account of the 2018 MIGA Games, Dambazzau, said, “the technical account of the games is as follows: Post-accreditation entries shows that 940 athletes competed in 91 events across 13 sports with a total of 90 Gold, 90 Silver and 116 Bronze medals won across the six participating services.”
He announced the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as the overall winner of the games with a total of 96 medals; 50 Gold, 24 Silver, and 22 Bronze, while Nigeria Police Force, came second with 87 medals; 31 Gold, 32 Silver and 24 Bronze.
The third place went to Nigeria Prison Service with 41 medals; 2 Gold, 13 Silver and 37 Bronze, while Federal Fire Service, got 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 14 Bronze, 20 medals in total. The Nigeria Immigration Service, no Gold, 12 Silver and 25 Bronze, 37 in total. The Interior Ministry was last with only 2 Bronze.
He commended the organizing committee, saying, “the overall technical performance of the Services including the Ministry of Interior Sports Club showed a keenly contested competition and a greater window for future development and turnover of medals.
“It is indeed heartwarming to announce unequivocally that the Ministry of Interior Games has become a brand and a major item on the biennial calendar of sports in Nigeria.
“I must at this material point in time express my sincere gratitude and that of the Ministry to all Service Chiefs in the
paramilitary and the people and government of Kaduna State for their
maximum cooperation and support for which without such, the successes
recorded in the 2nd edition would have been impossible.”