The Chairman of the Security Committee of the Main Organising Committee of the 2016 CAF Africa Cup of Nations Beach Soccer Championship, Adeboye Anthony Adeyinka, has disclosed that no fewer than 3,500 men and women of various security agencies will be deployed to ensure a hitch free African tournament.
The week-long competition will start on Tuesday and end on Sunday at the Eko Atlantic City on Lagos Island.
Adeboye, who is also holding the same portfolio in the committee put together by the host state, the Lagos State Government, said there has has been painstaking plan in the past few months knowing full well that the organisers must not take the issue of security with kid gloves.
He said: “I can assure without mincing words that security will be tight during the tournament because we have done our home work very well.
“After preparations that have been on in the last few months, we had a test run during the COPA Lagos, which was held on Sunday, 11 December at the Eko Atlantic City.
“The outing of our security agencies was so excellent, a pointer that we are ready for the CAF championship which starts on Tuesday.”
Adeboye is also the Senior Special Assistant on Sports to the Governor of Lagos State.
He, however, warned trouble makers and street urchins popularly called ‘area boys’ to stay clear of the Eko Atlantic City else they will forever regret their action, adding: “We have assured the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF), the participating teams and other stakeholders of their safety, so we will leave nothing to chance to make sure we fulfil our obligation, hence zero tolerance to violence throughout the duration of the competition.”