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Transnational crime: IGP to host ECOWAS police chiefs

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The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, will on Tuesday May 14, in Abuja, host West African Police and Security Chiefs  (WAPCCO) for a three-day security summit ending on Thursday May 16, as part of efforts at galvanising multinational efforts towards finding a lasting solution to transnational crimes, especially terrorism, and violent extremism.

A statement issued on Monday by Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, noted that the summit would also search for ways to address  kidnapping, illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, maritime security, herders’ and farmers’ conflict, amongst others.

The event, which 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 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 globalised world.

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, the statement added.

 

Innocent Odoh

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