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Oyo CP Seeks Synergy to Curb Violence at Match Venues


By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, has called for a synergy between the police and football-loving stakeholders in handling violence at match venues.

Oyebade, who has just been redeployed to Abia State, disclosed at the weekend in Ibadan at a lecture organized by Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Oyo State Chapter.

“The game of football is that which there must be a winner and loser.

“Human beings are the problem. The team management, supporters and officials are the main cause of the violence at match venues.”

He said violence erupts at match venues as a result of the win-at-all-cost spirit of fans and bad officiating, adding that such orientation needed to be tamed.

The CP, in his lecture entitled “How to Overcome Security Challenges at Match Venues,” stressed the need for all the major actors in the game to play their roles well.

He also of spoke the need for more sensitization of supporters, managers, coaches, referees, media and club owners.

According to him, “pre-match meetings, seminars or workshops will help a lot in curbing violence.”

He explained that proper planning prevents poor performance, urging stakeholders to evolve proactive strategies at preventing such.

Oyebade, who admitted inadequate police personnel, called for the use of modern technology, while security agents upheld the fearlessness, firmness and professionalism as core values.

He urged the managers to ensure the building of match venues in line with security and safety considerations.

Oyebade added that officials and other stakeholders should also eschew corrupt practices in the discharge of their roles.

Dr. Steve Olarinoye, the Zonal Director, Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development, corroborated Oyebade’s highlighted points, urging stakeholders to synergise at curbing such.

He said the programme was a good development, saying it was one of the best programmes organised by SWAN.

In his remarks, Mr. Niyi Alebiosu, the SWAN Chairman in the state, said the programme was one of the numerous programmes listed to uplift the development of sports in the state.

Similarly, Mr Boye Ajayi, the Vice-President, SWAN South-West said if stakeholders including media practitioners upheld the rules and regulations of the game, match venues would be safe for all. 


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