Officials of the European Union (EU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the International Police (Interpol), yesterday met with Nigeria’s Minister of Police Affairs, to review the performance of the West African Police Information System (WAPIS).
Speaking while receiving the delegation in his office, the minister said WAPIS programme was of immense importance for the Nigeria Police and the nation.
He said Nigeria was at the forefront of addressing the complex challenges of transnational crime and terrorism which required efficient and reliable information-sharing mechanisms.
“The WAPIS system presents us with a unique opportunity to strengthen our law enforcement efforts and foster collaboration among West African countries.”
“By implementing the WAPIS, we will enhance our capacity to collect, store, analyse, and share crucial law enforcement data across borders. This system will enable us to tackle the menace of organised crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism more effectively,” he said.
The minister further added that the information sharing system “will empower our law enforcement agencies with the necessary tools to identify and apprehend criminals who operate across national boundaries, ensuring that they face the full force of justice.”
WAPIS in Nigeria would not have been possible without the steadfast support and collaboration of its partners. The ECOWAS Commission, the European Union, and Interpol have demonstrated commitment to fostering regional security and supporting Nigeria.
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