By Hassan Zaggi
The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has charged security chiefs in the West African Sub-region to map out strategies that can put an end to trans-border crime and criminality in the region.
He gave the charge at the opening ceremony of the second day of the West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO), meeting in Abuja, yesterday.
IGP Adamu further advised the security chiefs to work closely and synergise with the police services in the African Sub-region to combat common crimes bedeviling the region.
He noted that countries in the region face almost similar security challenges including insurgency, kidnapping for ransom, banditry, illicit movement of drugs and persons, hence, the need to share ideas and strategies to combat the various crimes.
According to him: “This is a larger forum where the chiefs of other security services in the region will brain storm and work with synergy with the police services within the region so as to fight common crime and insecurity bedeviling the region. Crimes such as terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, human trafficking are all common crimes that are affecting the sub region.
“We know that our member countries have developed different strategies in dealing with this various forms of crimes, however, we hope that this meeting will enable us to re-strategise and find common grounds where we will operate so as to prevent the criminals from moving from one country to the other to perpetrate their crime.”
Speaking on the objective of the meeting, the Acting IGP said: “The objective of this meeting is building synergy, how intelligence can be shared, how joint operation can be undertaken and all those things that are required to keep the public space safe to create the enabling environment for investment to thrive.”
Speaking, the Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), lamented that Africa, like other parts of the world, is faced with different kind of crime and criminality.
Represented by Bar. Geogina Ikeoma, the minister charged the security chiefs to “share your experiences in this gathering on how you have been dealing with these issues and how you have been able to confront them.
“The kinds of challenges you have encountered and you are still encountering and possible areas of support and collaboration with the view of pulling the region’s resources together for better effectiveness and efficiency.”
He, however, insisted that the safety and security of the West African sub region is a joint responsibility of all ECOWAS member states and that if regional integration, peace, democracy and good governance is to be achieved, “you have to consider this meeting as a big opportunity and a viable platform for you to do so, so that you can come up with new operational modalities and resolution that can be deployed in fighting crime and criminality and reduce it to the barest minimum in the region.”