The Security Peace and Unity football competition organized by the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Katsina State Chapter, kicked off at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium in Katsina.

SWAN Chairman Mr. Nasir Gide told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the opening of the event on Sunday that eight security agencies were participating in the competition.

According to Gide, the agencies are NDLEA, FRSC, Police, FAAN Security, Nigerian Army, NAF, Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) and NSCDC.

He said the week-long competition was to strengthen the existing working relationship between state security agencies and journalists.

He added that the competition was aimed at defending the importance of participating in sports activities, especially by security agents and journalists.

“The need for the participation of journalists and security agents in sports activities must be emphasized,” Gide said.

“This is because they are always busy at work, so there is a need for regular exercise to keep fit and improve their health conditions.”

In addition, the NDLEA Commander in the state, Mr. Mohammed Bashir, said that such a competition was a good idea as it would strengthen the sportsmanship and interrelation between the sister agencies.

According to him, after all the efforts to deal with the security situation in the state, the event was another way for them to meet and interact in a relaxed atmosphere.

NAN reports that the first match of the competition was played between the FRSC and the Police team which ended 3-0 against the FRSC team.

The second match of the competition was played between the NDLEA team and the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) security team.

The match ended 3-1 in favor of the NDLEA after a tough encounter that had spectators on the edge of their seats. (YAYA)