The Edo State Government says 118 handsets were stolen during the National Sports Festival in Edo State.
Mr. Philip Shaibu, the State deputy governor, dropped the hint while addressing Edo athletes at a dinner party organised for Team Edo who participated in the tournament in Benin City.
Team Delta top the medals table after winning 158 gold, 116 silver, and 110 bronze, while Team Edo, the host, came second with 129 gold, 104 silver and 108 bronze ahead of team Bayelsa, finished a distant third with 56 gold, 55 silver, and 58 bronze in the tournament tagged: “Edo 2020” which held between April 2-14, 2021, after two initial postponements.
According to Shaibu who was the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) at the Festival, however revealed that the items had been recovered by local vigilante and other security agents.
“Your excellency, a total of 118 handsets were stolen in this Festival. But the good thing about it is that with the help of our gallant security men – the vigilante, we were able recover all. And the good thing today (May 2, 2021) is that we are going to reward them”.
He also expressed joy that there was no reported case of arm robbery around the Sports village and other venues that were used for the competition.
The State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki had announced a reward of N250,000 for each Athlete who won gold for the State during the tournament while Silver and Bronze medalists would get the sum of N150,000 and N100,000 respectively.