Global crime challenges require new strategy, says IG

The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has said the International Criminal Police Organisation, commonly known as INTERPOL, must develop new strategies to tackle the new crime dimensions.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of INTERPOL 2021 week in Abuja on Monday, the IG said the organisation had “become the most critical global police network for global challenges and hence, the need for new strategy to tackle crimes.”

Baba said, “The Nigeria Police Force will continue to offer support and collaborate with INTERPOL to tackle crimes in the country and around the world.”

Also speaking at the event, the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, said Nigeria had been facing different criminal challenges which he said the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was determined to address.

The head of INTERPOL in Nigeria, AIG Garba Umar, said the organisation had been supporting law enforcement in global monitoring of criminal elements and provision of intelligence which has led to the arrest and repatriation of prominent Nigerians who were running from justice.

He said, “Among the 124 INTERPOL member countries, Nigeria ranks first in Africa; it gives intelligence to various security agencies, including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and the Nigeria Immigration Service.””

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