By Jacob Ajom
Chairman of the security sub-committee of the Nigeria 2009 Local Organising Committee, AIG M. D. Abubakar has given his men a pass mark as he made a mid-competition assessment of his committee.
Abubakar who addressed the media at the national stadium, Friday saidÂ his committee had been up-and-doing as there have not been any serious security challenges.
He said his men who were drawn from all the security agencies in the country and from the civil society had performed creditably and FIFA was happy with their performance so far.
He called on the public to cooperate with the security men whom he acknowledged could only perform better if the public gave them maximum support. The Police chief incharge of Zone 2 acknowledged the challenges some football fans had been encountering from security operatives at the various stadia but advised that any fan with the right ticket should feel free to go to the stadium as all the tickets have seat numbers printed on them.
â€œEach ticket holder should listen to advice as to which gate to take or where to gain access to his seat. Such minor detail means a lot,â€ he emphasised.
Abubakar defended the use of sniffer dogs at the gates, adding that there had been encouraging reports from the various centres particularly from the Lagos centre where some fans were caught trying to smuggle Indian Hemp into the stadium.
â€œIt was a plus for the sniffer dogs as they made the arrest possible,â€ he said, adding, â€œthey have performed creditably.â€
He informed that in line with FIFA standard, armed security personnel were kept outside the stadia.â€We ensure they are kept outside the stadia to provide security cover for both fans and the teams. I think we have done well,â€ he assessed.