The Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Olubolade Caleb (Rtd), has said that the on-going 12th Annual General Assembly of the West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) would address the issue of trans-border crimes.
Addressing newsmen, yesterday in Abuja, the minister who declared the assembly open said that the meeting of Chiefs of Security Services with the Forum of Ministers in charge of security would curb problems of trans-border crimes.
According him, “We should not assume that the problems are purely internal, so we have to look at it from a wider angle and that will be a surer way of addressing the problem.
“So if we take it that it could come from both external and within then the solution would be total and at meetings of this nature we foster cooperation to applying all the techniques that may be needed to address a problem of sorts.”
The minister further explained that the coming together of all security chiefs of various countries in Nigeria at this time would give the country the solution to some of the security problems it was having.
“It is a regional body with all the expertise available to give us an inroad as to how we should address the problem facing us and the outcome would be blended to existing road map to give solution that is better and all encompassing’’.
Earlier, the Inspector General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, made case for the strengthening of cooperation between ECOWAS and INTERPOL based on common goals as a way forward in the fight against crime and criminality.
According to him, “The importance of their role continues to grow more so at a time when criminal activities like drug and human trafficking, proliferation of small arms and light weapons, armed robbery, carjacking, fraud, high-tech crimes among others threaten and undermine security and peace of our region.
“The way forward for us is to strengthen cooperation based on our common goals and determination to meet the challenges of today and the demands of tomorrow.”
He explained that, “Law enforcement initiatives of one country cannot be confined and implemented within the country alone and there are many problems that cannot be solved unless they are commonly handled by the region.”