An operative of the Police Counter Terrorist Unit stands in front of a Landcruiser truck

31 DECEMBER, 2013

THE Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Abubakar, said on Tuesday that more than 4,000 police officers were serving in various peacekeeping missions worldwide.

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, Africa Union, ECOWAS and many others.

He said the police had upgraded their
training level and achieved 85 percent 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.

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 (NPF).

“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.


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  1. ifiok umoeka says:

    The police have almost always done us proud abroad. Keep up the good work and bring it home too. Eno good eno good, e de help!

  2. Yagazie says:

    Well Done and Kudos to the Police force. Regarding UN operations, our Police should be deployed for peace keeping missions, whilst our millitary should be deployed for peace enforcement missions only.

    I would also go so far as to add that if the deplyment of our troops is within the African Continent, then the troops should only take orders from Nigerian Commanders- period. You don’t see American troops in Afghanistan, Iraq or in NATO being led by non-american commanders.

    If we had this policy right from the get-go, the nonesense of the UN having the guts to expect Nigerian troops in Mali (West Africa, our supposed spehere of influence) to be comanded by a Ruwandan General from East Africa would not have happened.

  3. ifiok umoeka says:

    I agree with u’o! But then we would need 2 be the largest contributors in troops!

  4. Yagazie says:

    Oga ifiok- you have a point there. My guess is that if we are going to deploy combat troops for peace enforcment within the African Continent, then they will have to be deployed in sufficient numbers – (at least battalion strength) together with their equipment. In any event I would still want them to be commanded by a Nigerian Officer and not take orders from anyone else. If that cannot be agreed, then we have no business deploying our combat troops on peace enforcement missions within the African continent.

    Even if for instance the African Union is sending combat troops to an african country for peace enforcement and Nigeria decides that it is in its strategic interest to also deploy combat troops to the same country, then the Nigerian troops should operate outside the African Union command. The French troops in Mali are not operating under UN command and neither are their troops in the CAR operating as part of the African Union troop structure. For me the non-negotiable doctrine that needs to be established is that Nigerian troops that are deployed on peace enforcement missions in Africa do so solely under Nigerian Command and are answerable to no one else – no apologies and end of story.

  5. ifiok umoeka says:

    That takes a lot of political muscle (which we dread taking so as not ‘frighten our good neibours) and the ability 2 go in alone (bros that na capital venture with equipment and all that). So, do that, we must fix those 2 and rediscover our ecomog era coalition building skills, (if everyone start going solo, ego be wahala don’t u think?). But then again, when we show responsible strength and readiness 2 act keeping the peace and we go to the UN for permission, I’m sure (with western reluctance 2 put boots on the grow and economic issues,) they will say yes.

  6. Yagazie says:

    Oga Ifiok- point noted and agreed. Fact is Nigeria is now (to quote a World War 2 Japanese naval officer – Admiral Yamamoto) – ‘a sleeping giant who has now been awoken and filled with a terrible resolve’. Fact is Nigeria being a good neigbour has got us nowhere. That is why Liberia’s President could defy Nigeria and vote for Ddlamini Zuma to be the chair of the AU despite the fact that Nigeria had sacrificed so much to ensure that peace and security reigns in Liberia. Nigeria to all intents and purposes was the major force in Ecomog. We did it whilst under an arms embargo from the West. We simply have to say enough is enough. The holy book says ‘as a man thinketh in his heart so is he’ or to put it another way ‘you are who you say you are’. We have one of the biggest economies in Africa, we are a key member of the AU, a key member of ECOWAS and also have the largest population in Africa. Our millitary is one of the best trained and most professional on the African Continent. We also have the resources to intervene unilaterally in any African conflict if we choose to do so PROVIDED it is in our strategic national interest. It’s time we started acting like the Giant of Africa we proclaim ourselves to be. A strong millitary led and taking orders only from Nigerian Commanders when deployed on peace enforcement missions within the continent is a start. If the AU don’t like it, then toough!

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