A Streit Spartan Mk.II APC of Nigeria’s Formed Police Unit out and about on patrol in Somalia
9 April, 2014
President Goodluck Jonathan has
expressed appreciation to the nation’s security agencies whose commitment in the face of security challenges have been unparalleled in the war against terrorism.
The President, who is also the Chairman of Police Council, said this at the commissioning of the Nigeria Police International Peacekeeping Centre and the Force Museum, Abuja.
He used the occasion to reiterate his
administration’s commitment to ending terrorism in the country, as commended the exploits of the Nigeria Police Force in peacekeeping which started in 1960, leading to global recognition, adding that the peacekeeping centre was a step in
the right direction.
Earlier in his remarks, the Minister of
Police Affairs, Abdul Adesiyan,commended the President for his efforts in equipping the Force which
has helped the Police to transform.
Also the Inspector General of Police,
Mohammed Abubakar, in his remarks
recalled that Nigeria Police participation in peacekeeping operations began in Congo in 1960 by the first IGP of Nigeria then an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Louis Edet and has since made
giant strides in global and regional and sub-regional levels of peacekeeping, under the auspices of the United Nations, the African Union and ECOWAS.
Abubakar further noted that among
Police contributing countries, Nigeria
were the first to deploy a modern UN
Formed Police Unit (FPU) to Liberia, in
2004. He said the FPU deployment to
ECOWAS mission in Guinea Bissau (ECOMIB) marked the first ever to an ECOWAS-led peacekeeping operation by any country.
The IGP said due to the exemplary
performance of Nigeria’s police
officers, the AU Commission has
specifically requested for a second
Formed Police Unit to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
Abubakar said force discipline has been restored as a result of the encouragement by the President to the extent that the police now play cardinal role in international peacekeeping operations in the world. He said the centre will serve as a training centre in West Africa sub-region for police officers being deployed for peacekeeping operations.
Facilities at the centre include equipped 250-seater auditorium, a virtual shooting range, with various computer generated scenarios relevant to Police operations, a
gymnasium, an IT Centre, and
accommodation facilities for 180 trainees. Other amenities including restaurant, clinic, super-mart and banking hall will be added to the camp in the nearest future.
The facilities were named after President Jonathan, Abubakar and other worthy individuals who have contributed significantly to international peacekeeping and officers who served meritoriously and with distinction as worthy ambassadors of the Force and the
nation in various peacekeeping