Former Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro, has assured foreign wrestlers and fans billed to attend the Universal Professional Wrestling Federation (UPWF) Championship, tagged Battle of Legends, of adequate security before and during and after the event.
The Battle of Legends, which features Nigeria’s Osita Offor, also known as De Ultimate Commander, in a heavyweight title defence against Bobby Lashley of USA, will hold on December 6 at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Speaking in Lagos yesterday, Okiro, who was accompanied by the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Sports, Godfrey Gaiya, said he was delighted that a Nigerian was at the verge of bringing honour to the country after the recent exploits of the Golden Eaglets at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, and the Super Eagles, who just qualified for the 2014 Mundial.
According to Okiro, “Nigeria is blessed with so many talents and we want tom ensure that we get the best of all the youngsters.
“I met De Commander when I was in service and I found out that he is a creative, focused young man, who is determined to make the best use of his talents and bring glory to his country.
“He is a champion, who is about to defend his title in Nigeria and I felt it is good to support him.
“When he sees his countrymen at the venue supporting him, he would be gingered to Nigeria’s glory. “I assure everybody coming for the event that security around Lagos would be tightened and even in Abuja, where the foreign wrestlers would go to pay homage to officials, there would be adequate security.”
Also speaking at the event, Gaiya said he was happy the National Assembly has adopted De Commander as its ambassador because he is a good role model for Nigerian youths.
“We agreed to partner with the promoters of the event because he is one of us. We also believe that his exploits in wrestling has broadened the sports horizon so that other youths, who cannot play football, athletics or basketball, can take to wrestling and bring laurels to the country.”
Gaiya promised that he would try to bring the Presidency and the National Assembly to Oriental Hotel on December 6, adding, “we intend to touch each and everyone, from the executives to the legislators because we believe that the more international champions we have the better for us.”
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