Harps on Sustainable Peace, Development
IGP Usman Alkali Baba has joined his counterparts from around the world at the 3rd United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) in the United States of America. The third edition of the event brings together Heads of Police Organizations from around the world to discuss ways to strengthen global security and address cross-border threats through the unifying power of national and United Nations policing. The UNCOPS is an example of inclusive multilateralism in action.
The IGP, on the 1st of September, 2022, addressed the summit under the theme Fostering Sustainable Peace and Development through United Nations Policing where he admonished the United Nations to make policies that will promote sustainable peace and development amongst its member nations, and continuously render necessary assistance towards improved policing system across the globe. He equally assured of the Nigeria Police’s commitment to extending its manpower for effective peace operations where necessary.
The IGP seized the opportunity to meet with and engage the Under-Secretary-General, Department of Peace Operations, United Nations Headquarters, Mr Jean-Pierre Lacroix, where they deliberated on many policing ideas as they affect the Nigeria Police Force and global security in general. The IGP also met with the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Mrs Amina J. Mohammad on 1st September 2022.
As a round-off on the summit, the IGP will be visiting Washington DC today 2nd September 2022, to meet with the Director of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Agency, a United States agency that has been supportive of the training and capacity-building programmes of the NPF.
The Inspector-General of Police has earlier promised and assured Nigerians of his commitment to harnessing all available means, both kinetic and non-kinetic, to improve the policing system in Nigeria with a view to curbing and suppressing crimes and criminality in Nigeria, and this forms the crux and fulcrum of his attendance at the summit.