Minister of Police Affairs, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam has said that Nigeria was committed to foster effective partnerships with member countries of Interpol General Assembly to tackle crimes, combating terrorism and maintain global peace as well as public safety and upholding the principles of justice.
Gaidam spoke when he led the Nigerian delegation comprising Vice President Africa (Interpol), AIG Umar Garba (rtd); Director, Police Inspectorate Department (PID) Mrs. Bola Blessing Aderele; Head, Interpol, National Crime Bureau, AIG Lanre Bankole and others to the 91st Interpol General Assembly in Vienna, Austria to commemorate the centenary celebrations.
The minister, according to a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Press in the Ministry of Police Affairs, Bolaji Kazeem, expressed optimism about the future prospects of international cooperation in combating crime and reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to working closely with Interpol and its member countries to ensure a safer, more secure world.
Gaidam acknowledged the pivotal role played by Interpol in promoting global security through its extensive network, data-sharing mechanisms, and operational support as well as funding of infrastructure in Nigeria.
He said: “The centenary celebrations of Interpol served as a moment of reflection and appreciation of a century of international collaboration in law enforcement among member countries. Our active participation in the event further solidified Nigeria’s role as a responsible and proactive member of the international law enforcement community.
“Our presence highlighted Nigeria’s commitment to international security and cooperation as well as a renewed commitment from all member countries to work collectively in addressing the evolving challenges of crime in the 21st century.”
The statement described Interpol General Assembly as an important platform for global law enforcement agencies to engage in constructive dialogue, exchange best practices, and strengthen collaboration in combating transnational crime.
It disclosed that the Assembly discussed various topics, including the latest advancements in policing techniques, emerging security challenges, and strategies to enhance cross-border intelligence sharing.
The statement added that delegates also deliberated on initiatives aimed at countering terrorism, cybercrime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and other forms of transnational criminal activities.
It further hinted that the momentous event witnessed the gathering of 196 member countries from Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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