5,000 security personnel for 5th Lagos City Marathon, says Consultant

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By Modupe Oremule

Lagos – Retired Commodore Omatseye Nesiama, the Consultant for the 5th Access Lagos City Marathon has said fewer 5,000 personnel will be deployed for the race.

Nesiama told the News Agency of (NAN) on Monday Lagos the personnel would cover intelligence and aspects of the marathon scheduled for Feb.8 Lagos.

“Over 5,000 personnel have been designated for intelligence and coverage of the marathon.

“To ensure orderliness, especially, during and after the event, we have put place the process of mass communication to ensure every legal means is utilised.

“This is to alert participants, spectators and to see that members of the immediate communities where the sprinters will race through are all kept in the picture” he said.

The consultant said that another significant that would be introduced into this year’s edition would be a communication system better cohesion.

a robust communication system in place, we hope to have a better cohesion as the security agencies will be fully onboard.

“This is because the security team for the marathon had carried out a detailed assessment of every area that is connected to this event.

“The security agencies, both armed and unarmed, had been briefed on different but related scenarios where personnel will be involved,” he said.

Nesiama said that an Emergency Training (ERT) venue had been set up.

He said that there, the planned Command, Control and Communications setup to be deployed for the marathon would be tested to ensure efficiency.

He also said that the organisers had put measures in place to identify un-accredited athletes, saying that they would be disqualified if caught.

“We want to advise and encourage all accredited sprinters that will be participating in the race to be at the established screening points before the start of both the 42km and 10km races.

“There are measures already designed to identify those that will go through screening. Such runners will be removed the race once detected.

“Alternatively, results will make meaning, if for whatever reason, they are able to finish the race,” he said.