Nigeria Police Force Moves to Fast-Track Fight Against Transnational Crimes

Nigeria Police Force Moves to Fast-Track Fight Against Transnational Crimes

- An intelligence-sharing centre has been opened in Abuja by the Nigeria Police Force

- The centre is expected to help the police in nipping in the bud transnational crimes

- The inauguration of the centre was witnessed by representatives of INTERPOL, EU and ECOWAS

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The Nigeria Police Force has inaugurated the West African Police Information System (WAPIS) centre in Abuja as an initiative to fast-track the fight against transnational crimes.

According to a statement sent to by police spokesman, CP Frank Mba, the centre was inaugurated by the minister of police affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi, in the company of the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba.

There were also representatives of INTERPOL, European Union and ECOWAS at the event held on Wednesday, May 26.

Nigeria Police Force moves to fast-track fight against transnational crimes
IGP Baba said the centre will help the Nigeria Police Force establish a relationship with other police organisations globally. Photo credit: @PoliceNG
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The centre is situated at the INTERPOL National Central Bureau office, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The IGP affirmed that the establishment of the centre in Nigeria is part of efforts by the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force to galvanize a multinational front and sustain international collaboration and partnership with police organizations across the world.

He noted that the centre will ensure effective intelligence sharing in combatting security challenges – terrorism, violent extremism, kidnapping, piracy, armed conflict, illicit flow of small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, illicit trade of drugs amongst other prevailing and emerging security threats in Nigeria, the West African sub-region and the global community.

In a related development, INTERPOL is creating a new cybercrime operations desk with funding from the United Kingdom government to boost the capacity of 49 African countries to fight cybercrime.

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Also, INTERPOL’s new initiative is expected to increase the capacity of African member countries to fight cybercrime.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has dismissed reports suggesting it offers informants N1million to help in arresting cyber criminals.

In a statement sent to journalists recently, the anti-graft agency said it did not issue any notice on social media promising a financial reward for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the fraudsters.


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