West African Police Chiefs hold 16th General Assembly

The Nigeria Police has called for the upgrade of the status of the West African Police Chiefs Committee within the ECOWAS Secretariat to a directorate within the Commission.

The Acting Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu made the call during the 16th General Assembly of West African Police Chiefs Committee Meeting in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital.

Mr. Adamu said the assembly enabled the Police Service Chiefs to undertake a Periodic review of Regional Security issues and evolve strategies and frameworks geared towards combating trans-border crimes.

The development and Prosperity of states within the West African Sub-region has been linked to the level of security they enjoyed. The assemblage of Chiefs of Police Services enables them to undertake periodic review of Regional Security issues and evolve strategies and frameworks geared towards combatting various transborder crimes including terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal proliferation of weapons and ammunition, human trafficking and migrant smuggling, cattle- herders activities, sea-piracy , arm banditry and money laundering, he stated.

President Mohammadu Buhari represented by the Minister of Interior at the third day session said the Nigerian government was committed to developing a responsive Security Agencies that would be equipped to be proactive and ready to face challenges using International best Practices.

Danbazau stated that it was imperative for member states to coordinate their Security plans and activities to enable Law enforcement and other Security Agencies contain and prevent the crises.

Secretary General of the Interpol represented by Karl Alexander said that over seven thousand Police Officers within the West African region have so far been trained by Interpol on the different Policing activities and curbing crimes.

Speaking during the annual Conference, the President ECOWAS Commission represented by the ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security General Francis Behanzin, decried the disaster created by organised crime in West African region while calling for collective efforts to address insecurity.

Source: Voice of Nigeria