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Trans-border Crimes: IGP Adamu to host ECOWAS Police chiefs in Abuja

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu will be hosting West African Police and Security Chiefs  under the auspices of The West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) in Abuja.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba announced this in a Statement on Monday.

Mba explained that the aim of the meeting which will be held between 14th – 16th May 2019 is to find a lasting solution to transnational crimes, especially terrorism, violent extremism, kidnapping, illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, maritime security, herders and farmers’ conflict amongst others.

He informed that the event will have in attendance 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.

He 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.”

Mba added, “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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