Force Headquarters wins 14th Biennial Police Games

The Nigeria Police Force Headquarters on Saturday emerged the overall winners of the 14th Biennial Police Games held in Ibadan.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that 17 Zonal Commands and Force Headquarters participated in the track, field and indoor events during the eight-day games tagged: ‘Oluyole 2024’.

The Force Headquarters clinched 196 medals consisting of 96 Gold, 40 Silver and 60 Bronze, followed by Zone 2, Lagos with 212 medals made up of 90 Gold, 55 Silver and 67 Bronze.

Third on the medals table was Zone 11, Osogbo with a total of 151 medals comprising 56 Gold, 50 Silver and 45 Bronze.

The games which held from Feb. 24 to March 2, 2024, featured football, swimming, boxing, table tennis, lawn tennis, mixed martial art among other events.

Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, while reflecting on the game held at Lekan Salami Sport Complex, Ibadan, said the participants showcased impressive athletic skills, unwavering commitment, and a strong competitive spirit.

He added that the athletes not only competed for glory but also exemplified the values of professionalism, integrity, and service during the games.

“On this occasion, I am honoured to extend my deepest gratitude to all the participants, coaches, organisers, and supporters who contributed to the success of the 14th Biennial Police Games, Oluyole 2024.

“Your passion and commitment have not only made this event a spectacle of sporting excellence but also reinforced the essential role of sports in fostering unity, discipline, and mutual respect within our police force and beyond.

“As we close this chapter of the Biennial Police Games, let us carry forward the lessons learned, the friendships forged, and the moments of triumph and resilience.

“Let the fellowship and mutual respect developed during these games resonate in our daily lives and work, within the Nigeria Police Force,” he added.

Also, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State while declaring the game close, said the competition resonated round the imperative for unity, development and cohesion in Nigeria.

The governor, represented by his deputy, Mr Bayo Lawal, said the hospitality industry in the state had benefitted immensely during the games.

He added that the game brought together people from different parts of the country united for excellence, prosperity and progress.