Benin key player in West African efforts to fight transnational crime
Achievements marked during INTERPOL Secretary General visit
COTONOU, Benin – In his first visit to Benin, which this year marks its 50th anniversary as an INTERPOL member country, Secretary General Ronald K. Noble met with President Thomas Boni Yayi as well as other senior government and police officials to recognize the country’s contribution to global law enforcement cooperation.
In the past half century of INTERPOL membership, Benin has participated in a wide range of key regional projects targeting drug trafficking, human trafficking, organized crime and fake goods and medicines which endanger the health and safety of citizens.
Secretary General Noble was briefed on a series of drug seizures as a result of close cooperation between the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus in Cotonou, Brazil and Portugal. In this respect, the recent success of Operation Cocair 3 saw the seizure of more than 500 kilogrammes of drugs and the recovery of cash totaling two and half million euros in 25 airports across Western and Central Africa and Brazil.
During his two-day mission, Secretary General Noble also visited a Customs and Immigration outpost between Benin and Nigeria at the border town of Krake. Mr Noble announced plans to help Benin connect its central national database to INTERPOL’s global databases, to enable officers at border control points to carry out instant checks on individuals to determine if they are wanted internationally or attempting to enter on fraudulent travel documents.
After receiving the Ordre National du Bénin, the INTERPOL chief met with the President of Benin Thomas Boni Yayi. Accepting the honour on behalf of the world police organization, Mr Noble thanked Benin for their long-standing and strong support of INTERPOL.
“Under the leadership of President Boni Yayi, Benin continues to make a significant contribution to global law enforcement, which makes this honour a recognition of the efforts of officers in Benin and all around the world, every police man and woman who put their lives on the line every day,” said Secretary General Noble.
“In my meetings with the Minister of the Interior, the Director General of Police, staff from our National Central Bureau and officers in the field, this commitment to law enforcement is clear to see and I look forward to our continued strong partnership with Benin in the future,” added the INTERPOL chief.