The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, on Monday ordered the immediate promotion of Mary Aina to her next rank for winning the World Boxing Foundation (WBF), International Super Bantamweight title belt at East Sussex, London.
In a press statement made available to BUSINESSinsiderng, by the acting public relations officer of the Force, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, he said Aina was received in the IGP’s office.
According to the press statement, the IGP, therefore, approved monetary reward for title belt winner and her coach, Inspector Augustine Okporu.
Aina with four wins and three knockouts, won the championship bout based on unanimous decision on Friday, February 18, 2022, as the first Nigerian and African female to achieve the feat.
The IGP, while receiving the WBF Champion, in company of the Force Management Team and the Force Sports Officer, DCP Patrick Atayero, commended her bravery, gallantry and steadfastness.
The IGP who was elated at the uniqueness of her achievement, awarded her a special promotion to the next rank of Corporal and a monetary reward. The IGP also extended a monetary reward to her coach, Inspector Augustine Okporu.
The Inspector-General of Police, while noting the immense contributions of the Nigeria Police Force to sports development in Nigeria, emphasized that PC Aina has joined the long list of police officers who have distinguished themselves in the area of sports development in the country and across the globe.
The IGP therefore, urged all members of the Force to take advantage of the several maiden, but annual, sport championships organized by his administration in 2021, to develop their skills and leverage on it to propel themselves onto the world stage.