Nigerian policewoman gets UN honour, becomes award's runner up

Nigerian policewoman gets UN honour, becomes award's runner up

- A Nigerian policewoman, Catherine Ugorji, has been recognised by the United Nations (UN) for her policing effort in maintaining peace

- In speaking about her, UN's top cop, Luis Carriho, said that Ugorji's tactical effort has greatly dealt with crimes

- The Nigerian woman was selected among over 1,000 women in the force who were deployed to different countries on a peacekeeping mission

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A Nigerian policewoman, Chief Superintendent Catherine Ugorji, has become one of the two runners-up for the much-respected United Nations (UN) Police Officer of the Year for 2020.

The Nation reports that she was among the 1,300 UN policewomen who were drafted for peacekeeping missions. Out of those, only 21 were nominated for the award.

The winner of the award was Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo of Zambia, an officer who is serving with the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

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In congratulating Ugorji for making the runner up position, UN police advisor, Luis Carriho, said:

“MINUSMA United Nations Police Officer Ugorji’s leadership of three Formed Police Units in Gao has been remarkable, and Catherine has introduced tactical operations that have been instrumental in reducing crime in the area, in support of the Malian security forces and the host population…”

The Nigerian chief superintendent said she is committed to facilitating peace in her place of assignment, Gao.

The Nigerian female police officer joined the force in 2013.
Photos sources: The Nation, Getty Images/Lev Radin

UN police advisor congratulated the Nigerian female police officer Ugorji. Photos sources: The Nation, Getty Images/Lev Radin
Source: Getty Images

It should be noted that the Nigerian woman joined the Nigerian Police Force in 2013 and has served locally in different capacities like child protection officer. She was also the acting deputy commander of the Ogudu Police Division in Lagos state.

The UN award was instituted in 2011 as a way to recognise the exceptional work of female officers in the police force.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a woman with the Twitter handle @cutedoosh celebrated the new promotion she got in the Nigerian Fire Service as she became a deputy superintendent of fire.

In her post, the woman said she got promoted from a two-star officer to three stars, a thing she is extremely grateful for.

D. Dennis shared four beautiful photos that showed her in a neat and beautiful uniform. One of the pictures captured the moment the woman was being decorated with her additional star by her superiors.

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