Nigeria Police to host ECOWAS police chiefs on transnational crimes

As part of on-going efforts to galvanise multi-national efforts towards lasting solution to cross border crimes, especially terrorism, violent extremism, kidnapping, illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, amongst others, the acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, is set to host West African Police and security chiefs between May 14 and 16, 2019, under the auspices of WAPCCO in Abuja.

A press statement by Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba, Monday in Abuja, said: “The event will present very importantly, an opportunity for all Security Chiefs across West Africa to re- commit themselves to collaborate more effectively towards tackling trans-border crimes and other regional security threats in an increasingly globalized world.”

According to him, those expected to attend include: “The INTERPOL secretary general, representatives of African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL), members of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in South Africa and representatives from Committee of Chiefs of Police from Central Africa among other key security stakeholders.” 

The spokesperson further disclosed that: “The West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) is a structure under ECOWAS designed to bring together Heads of Police of ECOWAS Member States to exchange and share intelligence and collaborate with one another in the fight against criminality and Security threats in West Africa.

“WAPCCO’s areas of interest include the tackling of illicit trade on drugs, enforcement of immigration laws, policing of marine space, customs activities, and financial intelligence amongst others.”

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