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Imaan seeks technical support for police

The collaboration is in the areas of reforms, capacity building, and community policing

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The Honourable Minister of State Police Affairs, Hajia Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim, has sought collaboration, partnership, and technical support for the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) from the European Union (EU) to enable the police ecosystem to achieve its target of deploying global norms and best practices.

She stated this during a meeting with the European team led by the European Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Samuela Isopi, at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Police Affairs in Abuja.
The Minister stated that the technical support and partnership should be in the area of addressing policy gaps and capacity building that will boost the capacity of an existing and evolving Nigeria Police Force in the country.

The Renewed Hope Agenda has eight components, with peace and security being one of them, noting that the Ministry has a lot of targets and the need for collaboration with the EU in the areas of reforms, capacity building, and community policing that will help to curb transnational crimes for collective achievements.

In her words, “What we are looking at is community-based policing with intelligence-led and technology-driven That is the face of every police force globally and the path we like to take. The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (EURPO) has a lot of capacity in that area, and if we work together, we will achieve a lot”.

“I am seeking every support that can be given for the Ministry to achieve the Renewed Hope Agenda, which has policing components, and none of them can work without it. We are harmonizing various police reforms that are in existence, analyzing why they are not fully implemented, and coming up with what we can achieve within 2–3 years”. Imaan reiterated.

Earlier, the European Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Samuela Isopi, stated that the EU will continue to support all relevant Nigerian agencies that are involved in improving the coordination of policing in the areas of training and capacity building.

She added that the European Union has a good collaboration with the Nigeria Police Force, noting that they work together within the framework of human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants. We have been doing capacity building and supporting coordination at national, regional, and international levels.

Isopi pointed out that the EU has a new migration program that will be signed next week, stressing that the agreement is essential because it is a political tool to do more in other areas.

’We are preparing a new phase of our program to end gender-based violence, and we need your cooperation and support to work together. On transactional crimes, it is interesting that we can collaborate. We help to establish collaboration between Nigerian institutions and European entities by reaching out to the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (EUROPO) and exploring the possibility of signing a memorandum of understanding,” Isopi stated.

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