In line with the desire of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai for enhanced inter agency collaboration, the commander 707 Special Forces Brigade Makurdi, Brig Gen Emmanuel Emekah recently hosted the Nigerian Police football team, Benue state command to a novelty match at Joe Akahaan Cantonment Makurdi.
The two teams displayed professional football skills and doggedness amidst cheers from supporters of both teams. It was actually an epoch-making event as personnel from both the Army and the police played soccer together and exchanged pleasantries.
In a statement by Captain Samson Zhakom, Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 707 Special Forces Brigade, Makurdi, said it was a case of no victor, no vanquished as the match came to a climax in a goalless draw.
According to the Commander, the gesture was aimed at strengthening the mutual working relationship between the Nigerian Army and other security agencies and also ensures synergy, understanding and professionalism particularly during joint security operations.
Gen Emekah said the novelty match was one of the series of activities earmarked by the Brigade to foster good working relationship among the security agencies in Benue State.
The novelty football match had in attendance the Governor of Benue State, Dr Samuel Ortom, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security, Lt Col PI Hemba (retired) as the Special Guest of Honour, the representative of the Commissioner of Police, Benue state Superintendent of Police, Daniel Ajene, the Commanding Officer 72 Special Forces Battalion Makurdi, Lt Col SS Muhammad among other dignitaries.