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06 May 2013

Nigeria Police Chief INTERPOL visit focuses on use of global policing tools to combat terrorism and other transnational crime

LYON, France – The Head of Nigeria Police, Inspector General Mohammed D. Abubakar was updated on INTERPOL’s global tools and services, as well as regional and international operations, during his visit to the General Secretariat headquarters.

Inspector General Mohammed who was accompanied by INTERPOL’s Vice President for Africa and Commissioner of Police, Adamu Mohammed, met with senior INTERPOL officials to discuss issues ranging from increased use of police forensics, to maritime piracy.

Identifying areas where INTERPOL can provide support and assistance to further cooperate with Nigeria in addressing its security challenges was also high on the agenda.

With cybercrime a growing threat to global security requiring a transnational approach, Inspector General Mohammed was also briefed on INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI),a state-of-the-art facility due to open in Singapore in 2014 which will enhance INTERPOL’s technological capabilities and support activities across all 190 member countries.

“In order for national policing to be as effective as possible an international approach is essential, which is why Nigeria is committed to continuing our close relationship with INTERPOL,” said Inspector General Mohammed.

“The exchange of information today was an important opportunity to reaffirm the need for international cooperation and to identify areas where we can collaborate even more closely for the benefit of citizens and police in Nigeria, the region and the whole world,” added the Inspector General.

The Nigerian delegation, which included Deputy Commissioners Ovie Oyokomino and Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi and Chief Superintendents Ahmed Lateef and Mohammed Gidado, also visited INTERPOL’s 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre, which provides a point of contact for any member country seeking urgent police information or facing a crisis situation.