The Federal Government is seeking INTERPOL’s assistance in the fight against terrorism.


The Minister of Police Affairs, Sen. Ibrahim Gaidam, has requested support from the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to combat terrorism within Nigeria.

According to Mr. Bolaji Kazeem, the Deputy Director of Press in the ministry, the minister made this appeal during a courtesy visit by a delegation from INTERPOL, led by its President, Maj.-Gen. Ahmed Raisi, on Thursday, November 2, in Abuja.

Minister Gaidam highlighted that extending the INTERPOL Global Secure Communication Network to major international airports and borders would significantly enhance security and serve as a valuable tool in addressing cross-border crimes efficiently. He emphasized that this communication network empowers security agencies to effectively confront the increasing threats posed by cross-border criminal activities.

Furthermore, the minister expressed Nigeria’s willingness to welcome support in terms of capacity building and the provision of equipment to enable security agencies to combat crimes more effectively.

Gaidam also mentioned that the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Nigeria and INTERPOL on Privileges and Immunities in 2022 has strengthened the organization’s operations within Nigeria’s borders. Additionally, he noted that establishing the INTERPOL National Central Bureau Headquarters in Abuja would enhance collaboration between INTERPOL and other security agencies.

Gaidam praised Nigeria’s consistent support for INTERPOL, actively participating in its operations targeting global criminal networks, which has resulted in significant achievements in criminal record management and a commitment to international security.

In response, the INTERPOL President commended the Federal Government of Nigeria and its agencies for their support of INTERPOL, emphasizing that the organization welcomes all member countries to participate and contribute to global peace and security.

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