Members of the Nigerian FPU (Formed Police Unit) perform in a medal ceremony on April 9 in Mogadishu, Somalia. The Nigerian contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), who provide policing for the mission, gathered today at Mogadishu Stadium where medals were awarded to police for their service while in the country.
PHOTO CREDIT: AU-UN IST / TOBIN JONES
AMISOM (Press Release)
9 April, 2014
In 2010, Nigeria deployed its first
police officers to Somalia. The first
batch of Individual Police Officers (IPO)arrived to serve under the AMISOM umbrella.
The West African country has also
deployed Formed Police Unit (FPU) to
AMISOM currently based in Mogadishu.
An FPU team comprises of 140 police
formed Unit, the first to be deployed by the African Union.
The FPU within Somalia play a crucial
role in ensuring improved security in
the liberated areas through joint
patrols with the Somali Police Force
(SPF), assisting in Public Order
Management and provision of VIP escorts as well as providing protection to AU Individual Police Officers (IPO)to co-locate with the SPF in as many police stations as possible.
Nigeria is the second of such unit to
arrive in Somalia and after the
Ugandan Formed Unit, and currently
has 200 police officers serving with AU police in Somalia comprising of 140 FPU, 59 IPO’s and 1 senior leadership team officer Rex Dundun as the chief of staff of the AMISOM police component.
Six of the Individual Police Officers
from Nigeria are stationed in Baidoa