Delta picked their first gold medal at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) tagged “Edo 2020” on Sunday, after winning in the 80km road race for women.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Ese Ukpeseraye of Delta prevailed over 12 other cyclists to pick the first gold medal at the 20th NSF.
Two sisters, Comfort Ayuba and Grace Ayuba, settled for the silver and bronze medals respectively to win for Edo, after winning the second and third positions in the race.
NAN reports that competition in the cycling event will continue on Monday with the men and women 1000 metres individual pursuit for two gold medals.
Meanwhile, Oyo state and Taraba States were readmitted into the festival as Delta State picked the first gold medal.
Teams from both states were barred from participating in the festival following their failure to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines for the games.
The games organisers rescinded the decision after the authorities from both states arrived with the certificates in line with the COVID-19 Protocols for the games. (NAN)
The news of Delta State picking the first gold medal from the National Sports Festival came as GreenWhiteGreen GWG reported that elsewhere in Nigeria, gunmen early on Monday morning stormed the Owerri Prison and police headquarters, freeing all the inmates incarcerated in the two security facilities.
The situation was as yet hazy on Monday morning but there was tension everywhere around Imo State and there are reports that as many as 1,500 inmates may have been freed from the Owerri Prison.
One report said that the same set of gun men subsequently invaded the police headquarters and freed all the people held in custody at the police headquarters which is not far from the Government House, the operational base of Governor Hope Uzodinma.