By Ejike Ejike,
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, said the Nigeria Police Force is determined to ensuring sustainable African regional stability and peace.
Idris, who is currently at the West Africa National Security Conference, holding at Accra, Ghana, stated this while delivering a paper entitled: “The Role of Nigeria Police in National Security and its Contributions in West Afrca”.
The FPRO, CSP Jimoh Moshood, Idris said the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Nigeria Police Force, has made tremendous contributions to stability and peace in the African Regional Block, ECOWAS and also under the United Nations Mandate.
According to him, ”In 2005, under the United Nations Mandate, the Nigeria Police Force deployed for the first time in the history of the world, the first ever FPU Unit to a United Nations Mission from an African Country to United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
“This Unit which is still stationed in Liberia has been involved in stabilising the country since its return to democratic rule in 2005.”
Idris further noted that Nigeria’s contribution to the stability in Liberia was not only limited to the deployment of Formed Police Unit (FPU), in early 2005, few months before the general election that ushered the government of Ellen Sirleaf.
“Myself as the mission operation coordinator in United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) together with Mal Mohammed Alhassan of Ghana the UNMIL commissioner met with Gen Abdulsalamin Abubakar the then ECOWAS peace mediator to UNMIL to facilitate the Nigeria government support to train some Liberia National Police to cover some critical aspects of the election,” she stated.
He noted that the role of Nigeria government cannot be overemphasized in view of the incapacity of the Liberian Police to provide professional security to ensure free, fair and credible elections at that period.