BIPOGA 2024: “You Have Exemplified The Values Of Professionalism, Integrity, And Service,” IGP Egbetokun Tells Participants

…… Force Headquarters came first with 96 gold, 40 silver, and 60 bronze

The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has expressed his immense pride in the achievements police athletes have witnessed on the fields, tracks, rings, and courts.

The IGP made this known at the closing ceremony of the 14th Police Biennial Games (BIPOGA) Oluyole 2024 at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Adamasingba, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Saturday, March 2, 2024.

“Our officers have not only competed for glory but have also exemplified the values of professionalism, integrity, and service. These values, which are the bedrock of the Nigeria Police Force, have been on full display throughout the 14th Biennial Police Games, serving as a testament to our commitment to safeguarding the security and well-being of our fellow citizens, the IGP said.

He further said that the theme of this year’s event, ‘Competing for Peace, Unity, Stability, and Development of Nigeria,’ has served as a guiding beacon, inspiring the officers not only to showcase their athletic prowess but also to embody the principles that are integral to our collective journey towards a safer, more united, and prosperous nation.

The IGP said, “I am immensely proud of the achievements we have witnessed on the fields, tracks, rings, and courts. Our officers have not only competed for glory but have also exemplified the values of professionalism, integrity, and service. These values, which are the bedrock of the Nigeria Police Force, have been on full display throughout the 14th Biennial Police Games, serving as a testament to our commitment to safeguarding the security and well-being of our fellow citizens.

He called on all the participants to 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, the IGP reiterated.

He expressed his appreciation to the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, for his unwavering support in hosting this event.

“I thank you, Your Excellency. The people of Oyo State have opened their hearts and their doors to us, creating an environment where the spirit of sportsmanship has thrived. Your commitment to promoting the positive impact of sports on our society is commendable and deeply appreciated.

“To the residents of Oyo State and the wider public who joined us in celebrating the 14th Biennial Police Games, your enthusiasm and encouragement have added immeasurable joy to this occasion. Your presence in the stands, your cheers, and your shared spirit of unity have made this event truly memorable.

The IGP thanked President Tinubu for his unyielding support and acknowledgement of the importance of sports in the holistic development of the nation.

“I look forward to the continued growth of the Nigeria Police Force, fueled by the spirit of sportsmanship, dedication, and a shared commitment to the values that define us, the IGP concluded.

Force Headquarters came first with 96 gold, 40 silver, and 60 bronze, totalling 196 medals, Zone 2, Lagos, came second with 90 gold, 55 silver, and 67 bronze, totalling 212 medals, while Zone 11, Oshogbo, came third with 96 gold, 50 silver, and 45 bronze, totalling 151 medals.

Zone 8, Lokoja came in 16th with 1 gold, 11 silvers, and 7 bronzes, totalling 19 medals; Zone 15, Maiduguri came in 17th with 1 gold, 6 silvers and 19 bronzes, totalling 26 medals; and Zone 3, Yola came in last with 1 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze totalling 7 medals