Sports Equipment worth thousand of naira have been carted away by officials of the Cross River State Sports Commission.
Business Day findings revealed that following the disappearance of 133 shortput, and 72 discous at the U.J Esuene Stadium last month, two security officials has been dismissed .
The sports equipment bought under the Governor Liyel Imoke Administration was meant for the National Sports Festival which Cross River State got the hosting rights but could not host due to paucity of funds, and was later taken to Edo State
Confirming the incident, the Chairman of the Cross River State Sports Commission Commorade Emmanuel Elom told our Correspondent that it’s true that some people have been arrested over the incident and the police are on top of the situation.
But surprisingly the 2 security officials who were on duty when the incident happened we’re released and the matter taken from the area command Akim Police Station to the Anticult department at Cultural center complex.
As the time of going to press, nobody has been charged to court.
Commenting on the matter, the chief security officer (CSO) William Anderson said measure taken to dismissed the two security officials without finding them guilty in a Court of law was normal since they are casual workers.
How ever, he said “proper investigation’s should be carried out to bring the culprit to Justice, this is an organised crime, this sports equipment we’re not taken in one day”
Also speaking the stadium manager Mike Andotant said it’s somebody that know about the usefulness of the equipment that stole it, it is a group something, for us to loose 133 Short put and 72 discous is not one-day something, I think the stadium security did not do their job properly,,
The state Commissioner of Sports Ofu Anya confirm the incident but however said the stadium is under the control of the Cross River State Sports Commission.