Organisers of the 8th Okpekpe international 10km road race have been assured of adequate security coverage for the World Athletics ‘Elite Label’ race scheduled to hold in Okpekpe, Edo State on Saturday May 28, 2022.
The race director, Zack Amodu, has revealed that the Nigeria Police has granted request by the organizers of the the race designated, through its label status as one of the leading road races around the world for a total security coverage.
The security agency reportedly conveyed the approval via a letter dated March 24, 2022 and signed by CP Idowu Owohunwa, principal staff
Amodu also revealed that measures have been mapped out to ensure safety of runners and spectators in Okpekpe.
‘’Police and medical units will be stationed at the start and the finish line as well as along the race course. No spectator will be allowed in the immediate finish line area.” He stated, adding that runners will not be permitted to linger or wait for another runner in the finish line area.
“There will be a designated area for spectators to view the finish line as only runners, accredited race officials and medical personnel will be allowed within the start and finish areas.
‘’While we request that runners and spectators remain alert and report abandoned bags/suspicious object to race officials and EOD of the Nigeria police force, members of the the press will also be required to present Photo ID and must always wear their accreditation tags before access to restricted areas, in addition to their bags and equipment being subjected to inspection.’’ Amodu concluded.