Chairman, security sub-committee of Nigeria 2009 U-17 World Cup, AIG MD Abubakar, has allayed security fears over the event in the wake of the sectarian crisis in Bauchi and some other northern cities.
Abubakar, in a press statement, said the crisis which the security agencies have succeeded in bringing under control is nothing to worry about, insisting that it does not constitute a threat to the soccer event.
â€œThe sectarian crisis that rocked Bauchi is not an occurence that should make anybody to panic.The police and other lsecurity agencies have succeeded in returning normalcy to Bauchi as well as other cities in the north. Nigeria is a very safe country. The U-17 World Cup will run without any security problems.
Visitors coming into the country during the games have nothing to fearâ€, Abubakar stated.
The police bigwig noted that the world soccer governing body, FIFA, have so far expressed satisfaction with the security plans being put in place by the Local Organising Committee (LOC), ahead of the games.
â€œThe security sub-committee has held several meetings with FIFA and they (FIFA) are satisfied with the security plans we have drawn up for the games. We are working closely with FIFA and security is one area in which we are not taking anything for grantedâ€, he stated.
Abubakar further disclosed that all the security personnel to be used during the games will receive special training before the commencement of the competition.
â€œWe have concluded plans to organise a special training for the security personnel that will be part of the games. All the stadia, hotels, training pitches, and other public places will be adequately protected during the event. We are not going to leave any stone unturned in that areaâ€, Abubakar stated.