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21 May 2014

‘Wave of violence’ in Nigeria condemned by INTERPOL Chief

World police body offers continued support as arrested Red Notice subject for Abuja attacks awaits extradition

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has condemned the recent ‘callous’ violence in Nigeria which has seen at least 118 people killed in bombings in Jos on Tuesday, and many more fatalities during attacks in the north of the country.

With the second bombing in Jos targeting rescue workers as they went to help the victims of the first blast at a crowded market and hospital, Secretary General Noble said ‘the cruelty and horror of these actions must be condemned in the strongest possible terms’.

INTERPOL has offered its full support to investigations into recent attacks and at, Nigeria’s request, it issued a Red Notice, or international wanted persons alert, for Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche the suspected mastermind behind the April 14 bombings in Nyanya.

On May 14, one month after the Abuja attacks, INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau in Khartoum confirmed Ogwuche’s arrest in Sudan. Ogwuche, an alleged Boko Haram member is currently awaiting extradition to Nigeria.

Following the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls at the end of April, INTERPOL also offered to publish Yellow Notices which can be sent to all 190 member countries to assist police worldwide in locating and identifying the kidnap victims.

“The world’s police stand shoulder to shoulder with Nigeria as they face this wave of violence,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Noble.

“Following the Abuja attacks, I travelled to Nigeria to meet with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed D. Abubakar to personally assure him of our ongoing support and that any requests for assistance would be treated with the highest priority,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

INTERPOL has also offered to deploy an Incident Response Team (IRT) to Nigeria to provide on-the-ground assistance to the National Central Bureau in Lagos and any involved national law enforcement agencies requiring investigative and analytical support.

An IRT can be tailored to meet a country’s requirements and can include specialized forensic officers, counter-terrorism experts, operational assistants and analysts. Fingerprint, DNA and other evidence gathered during Nigeria’s investigations can also be compared against INTERPOL's global databases.