By Evelyn Usman
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp(NSCDC), has deployed additional five thousand personnel to the earlier deployed ten thousand, to provide security and effectively cater for the teaming population in the on-goingÂ FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Commandant General of the Corps, Dr. Ade Abolorin said in a press statement that the additional number was necessary considering the importance of security in a competition of this magnitude.
The personnel which he said were spread across the various stadia where the matches are taking place, would, among other things, checkmate activities of hoodlums and act of hooliganism likely to dent the countryâ€™s image.
In addition to the security on ground, he disclosed that â€œthe Corps sniffer dogs, special duties, surveillance and counter terrorist squads have since been deployed for effective monitoring and policing of venues of the entire host states so as to nip in the bud any act capable of frustrating or disrupting the exercise.
Appealing to Nigerians to be patient and support the Golden Eaglets as they strive for success, Dr Abolurin also admonished parents and guardians to caution their wards against any act of hooliganism, threatening that anyone caught would be dealt with decisively.
Anyone who does not have ticket, he cautioned, shouldÂ keep away from the venue of the events to avoid embarrassment.
â€œSport as a global politics and unifying factor is one activity that brings people and nations together under one global umbrella and as a matter of national importance, any act that will affect the image of the nation negatively, will be thoroughly checkmatedâ€, he stated, calling for unity of purpose and collaboration amongÂ various security agencies of government at this very crucial moment in order to keep the integrity of the nation intact. â€œAll hand must be on deck and we must work hand_in_hand to ensure adequate security and prevention of crime before, during and after the tournamentâ€