Nigeria’s representative at the ongoing 87th INTERPOL General Assembly, holding in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, Sir Chikwe Udensi, has pledged to work relentlessly with all security chiefs to ensure that the country’s security architecture remains formidable to combat the prevailing security challenges in the country.
In a statement yesterday by his media office in Abuja, which was obtained by LEADERSHIP Friday, Sir Udensi who Is head of INTERPOL Systems in Nigeria, said his office is currently implementing the expansion in the country of what he described as the foremost crime fighting tool in the world called the INTERPOL 1/247.
He said that with the successful installation of this security gadget in the Nigerian Police Force headquarters, Abuja, the world class crime fighting tool will equally be extended to other security agencies like Immigration, Defence Intelligence, EFCC, Customs, NIA, NSCDC, and VIO.
The INTERPOL General Assembly which is composed of delegates appointed by the governments of member countries focuses on innovation in policing.
As the INTERPOL’s supreme governing body, the assembly meets once a year, and takes all the major decisions affecting general policing, the resources needed for international cooperation, working methods, finances and programmes of activities.
The Theme of this year’s 87th INTERPOL General Assembly is “Policing in the information age”.
The four-day conference will address how technology will change future threats, and how it can be used by law enforcement agencies to meet these challenges.
The increased uses of artificial intelligence and robotics, as well as innovation in the field of forensics, are also key issues for discussion.
According to the statement, with more than 55 per cent of the world’s population having internet access, “criminals are increasingly going after data as a means to make money, as shown by recent ransom ware attacks”.
The UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, attended the opening ceremony of the global law enforcement event.
The conference is being attended by nearly 1,000 official representatives from 173 countries, including 85 police chiefs and nearly 40 ministers.
All security chiefs in Nigeria, including the IGP Ibrahim Kpotum Idris, Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ibrahim Ali (retd), Muhammad Babandede, Comptroller General Immigration, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (retd), Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, are also attending the event.