Organisers of the historic 8th Okpekpe international 10km road race have been assured of adequate security for the World Athletics Elite Label race scheduled to hold in Okpekpe, Edo state on Saturday, May 28, 2022.
Zack Amodu, the race director said that the Nigeria Police has granted a request by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organisers of the race, a total security coverage of the event.
The Nigeria Police conveyed its approval via a letter dated March 24, 2022, signed by CP Idowu Owohunwa, Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector general of Police.
“The Okpekpe race organisers have always worked closely with the Nigeria Police to ensure the safety of our runners and spectators,” said Amodu as he said other measures mapped out to ensure the safety of runners and spectators come May 28 in Okpekpe.
”Police and medical units will be stationed at the start and the finish line as well as along the racecourse; no spectators will be allowed in the immediate finish line area.
”There will be a designated area for spectators to view the finish line as only runners, accredited race officials, and medical personnel will be allowed within the start and finish areas,” Amodu added.
Amodu is confident of another hitch-free event on May 28, assuring that Pamodzi Sports Marketing, the Edo state government, and AFN have the capacity and experience to ensure everything goes well on race day.
He said: “’The safety and security of runners, volunteers, spectators, staff of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, Edo state government officials, Athletics Federation of Nigeria officials, our sponsors as well as officials of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development remain our highest priority.”