Nigerian MOPOL cops of the African Union’s AMISOM Formed Police Unit in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Photo Credit: PRESSTV
Nov. 19, 2013
About 400 personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, made up three contingents of the Formed Police Unit (FPU), have been deployed to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) in Sudan.
In addition, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar. said at the pre-deployment and competence demonstration exercise by the departing police officers Tuesday in Abuja that already, over 4,000 Nigerian Police Officers have been deployed to nine UN Peacekeeping missions around the world — Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan.
Abubakar made the statement in Abuja
when he addressed 450 police officers
deployed for peace support operations in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He said that the officers were serving in missions of the UN, African Union, ECOWAS and many others.
He said the police had upgraded their
training level and achieved 85 per cent of contingent-owned equipment all over the missions. “We have replaced all the equipment that were not working because you cannot take officers and men and send them to a mission area that is very challenging security wise. “Without equipment, that means you are telling them to go and die and that is why you have minimal number of accidents in terms of those who are performing outside, ‘’ he said.
While commending the officers for their commitment to making Nigeria proud, IGP Abubakar assured them of the provision of “all the needed support, both logistic and otherwise to ensure their success”. According to him, the police authorities have made ample provision for their welfare, material and logistics support, charging them to be good ambassadors of the Nigeria Police Force and the nation.
Abubakar said that the UN was very
happy with Nigeria and they also
appreciated what the country was doing
in terms of peace support missions. He urged the officers and men that were
being deployed to be good ambassadors
of the country and Nigeria Police Force
“I want to tell you that there is no
monkey style and there is no half
measure, you must do your best and
continue to be excellent ambassadors of
this country as you have always been.“In our own commitment, we shall
continue to give you all the necessary
facilities and equipment, welfare and
motivation to make you the best in the
world,’’ Abubakar said.
Also the IGP received the Golden Star
Award for Exemplary Leadership in
National Service by Security Watch. He dedicated the award to all officers and
men of NPF, especially those who lost
their lives in the course of duty.
(blog content derived from separate NAN, PANA reports)