Dr. Sani-Gwarzo: FG Vows Commitment to Completion of Data Fusion Centre

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The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police Affairs, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s dedication to finalizing the National Data Fusion Centre (NCDFC) to facilitate seamless information sharing among security agencies, aimed at curbing criminal activities across Nigeria.

Speaking at a recent meeting held at the Ministry Headquarters in Abuja with AIG Stanley Udeh, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Crime Bureau in Nigeria, Dr. Sani-Gwarzo emphasized the critical role of completing 18 interconnected projects. These projects, once finished, will significantly boost the capabilities of security agencies in combating various crimes, enforcing laws, consolidating criminal data, and fostering effective interagency cooperation.

The Permanent Secretary underscored the proactive stance of the Honourable Ministers in driving the swift completion of these projects. He directed that any identified gaps be promptly addressed to ensure the seamless implementation of the Ministry’s technological transformation objectives.

Dr. Sani-Gwarzo expressed optimism about the Nigeria Police Force’s future operational effectiveness and efficiency in delivering quality services to Nigerians. He highlighted the ongoing efforts as pivotal steps towards realizing the Ministry’s strategic goals and enhancing national security.

The commitment to fortify the National Data Fusion Centre reflects the government’s determination to leverage advanced technologies and interagency collaboration to tackle the evolving security challenges facing the nation.

“We do not need to wait for the United Nations to provide us data on criminal activities in our domain. We need to do more to profile and document criminals in the country and the Ministry is ready to support the Nigeria Police Force to have the capacity to do that”, he said.

He emphasized that although the data center facility is 50% completed with all equipment procured, there is an urgent need for concurrent physical structure development and the mobilization of sister agencies that the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) is collaborating with for manpower training.

Earlier in the discussion, AIG Stanley Udeh, the Head of INTERPOL’s National Crime Bureau, highlighted the progress of the National Criminal Data Centre and the National Crime and Incident Database Centre under the Ministry’s supervision. He emphasized the importance of establishing a fully functional centralized Criminal Data Centre to streamline data across sister agencies.

Udeh underscored the significance of his office as a national entity that facilitates international police operations by coordinating with local and international law enforcement agencies. He emphasized the necessity of establishing a committee to foster interagency cooperation in the development of the cent

“The essence of Interpol is to support global law enforcement operations. The Interpol activities extend to a jurisdiction with no diplomatic relations and the interaction is such that law enforcement should not be hindered by military, political, religious or commercial issues”, he stated.

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