The NIGERIA SECURITY AND CIVIL DEFENCE CORP, NSCDC has emerged winners of this year’s edition of the CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF, CDS HALF MARATHON CHAMPIONSHIP which took place in Abuja on Saturday.

NSCDC athletes emerged top in both the men and women categories.

National women marathon champion, DEBORA PAM representing NSCDC returned first in the women’s category, carting away the top price, while AKUSHO LYDIA of the FEDERAL FIRE SERVICE finished second. NANCY MATHEW of the NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE NIS came third.

The NSCDC  also  swept the men’s category, returning in the first and second positions.

National MEN’S CHAMPION and also the defending champion, EMMANUEL GYAN  was beaten to the second position by fellow civil defender and colleague, GIDEON GOYET.

GOYET  thus  became the proud winner of a  brand  Hyuandai  Elantra  car.

The announcement of  the  third place winner however generated some controversies as the wrong person from the Nigeria Army was announced as the bronze medal winner. This prompted protests by the officials of the Nigeria Army.

In the veteran category, AYUBA DAHIRU from the Nigeria Army was the proud winner of another brand new car as he finished first ahead of CLIFFORD OMOGHIBORA from the Nigeria Police who returned second. The third position went to DANSABE SHEHU of the NIGERIA ROAD SAFETY CORPS.

Though the championship went so well in  terms  organization  it was almost marred by avoidable controversies.

The NIGERIA ARMY refused to come out to receive their medal for the group event arguing that they came first ahead of the NSCDC personnel who were announced winners.

It took the intervention of their top officials  to  force  the athletes to march to the podium to receive their medals.

Several other officials from other security outfits also complained bitterly about alterations in the results sheets.

The chief of defence staff half marathon championships is in its 3rd year.

The championship is open to members of the ARMED FORCES of Nigeria and other SECURITY AGENCIES and the PARA-MILITARY.