Nigeria’s first Olympic gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa Okpara, has insisted that she delivered triplets recently several years after she got married, contrary to insinuations that she adopted the kids.
Chioma, who spoke with P.M.NEWS on phone Tuesday, expressed her unhappiness about a story published by P.M.NEWS on Friday, 21 September titled ‘Controversy Over Chioma Ajunwa’s Triplets’ regarding the issue.
She said the report was embarrassing, adding that she declined to grant our reporter an interview days after the birth of the triplets because she spent a little bit of time in the hospital to recover fully.
The Divisional Police Officer in charge of Meiran, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, wondered why P.M.NEWS had to go to town with such a report when she had not granted any interview.
She promised to listen to our correspondent only after P.M.NEWS has corrected the wrong impression created by the report which she also described as an attempt to assassinate her character.
Chioma, who is about 48 years old, became a celebrity when in 1996 at the Atlanta Olympics in the US, she won a gold medal for Nigeria in the long jump.
She was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP. She has served the Nigeria Police in different divisions before her posting to Meiran Division in Lagos in May this year as the DPO.
Chioma was recognised by the Federal Government of Nigeria with the national honour of Member, Order of the Niger, MON, for bringing glory to the country during the Olympics.
She is also a titled chief at Ogbe-Ahiara in Mbaise Local Government area of Imo State, Southeast Nigeria.
She wedded Pastor Okpara, who is the pastor in charge of Chapel of Destiny Restoration Church, Lagos, about eight years ago.