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Nigeria Hooks Up to INTERPOL’s Database
The Police Headquarters has revealed that Nigeria’s security agencies will soon be connected to the data base of the International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as INTERPOL.
The database known as ‘1-24/7’ is a tool for tracking a wanted person, stolen vehicles, artifacts, missing persons and other transnational criminals.
In a statement, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Don Awunah, said that the decision to log Nigeria onto the database was reached at the 85th Interpol General Assembly held in Bali, Indonesia, which was attended by the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, as well as the Head of Immigration Service and that of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
According to the statement, other agencies to be connected on the database include: the Economic and Finance Crime Commission, EFCC, Immigration Service, Air and Seaports as well as all International borders.
Awuna stated that IGP Idris headed a discussion Panel during the assembly, where he emphasized the effects of systematic corruption on efforts at curbing International terrorism, calling for closer collaboration of the International Communities.
It was also resolved at the meeting that the West African Police Chiefs Committee, which has its Secretariat in Nigeria, would be revived.
The INTERPOL is an intergovernmental organization which facilitates international police cooperation; it was established as the International Criminal Police Commission, ICPC, in 1923.
INTERPOL is the world’s largest international police organization, with 190 member countries.
Its major objective is to enable security agencies around the world to work together to make the world a safer place.
INTERPOL also has seven regional offices across the world and a representative office at the United Nations in New York and at the European Union in Brussels.
Each of the member countries maintains a National Central Bureau staffed by its own highly trained law enforcement officials.