From: Molly KILETE. Abuja
The Nigeria Police Force, on Tuesday, said it has extended its Interpol 1-24/7 Secure Global Communications system to other law enforcement agencies, ministries and department in the country.
This, police say it is aimed at checkmating the activities of criminals within the country and its fight against transnational organized crime.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, who made this known, also said the gesture was to ensure public safety and security of all Nigerians and foreigners in the country.
Idris made this known at the relaunching of the newly refurbished National Central Bureau (NCB), at the Force Headquarters, in Abuja. He said that when fully implemented, the INTERPOL24/7, would assist law enforcement agents at the border, airports, customs and immigration posts have direct access to the three major databases of INTERPOL.
His words, “This allow an airport immigration officer detect a passport presented by a traveler as having been reported as stolen, enable a custom officer at the border conduct search of a vehicle’s Identification number(VIN), or chassis number to determine weather the car has been reported stolen and alert national authorities in wanted persons who may be attempting to enter the country by air or sea”.
He said that when fully in place, the concept would help in ridding off criminals from the society “and allow for influx of trade and investments in the country and reposition our great country amongst the committee of nations for more developmental strides”.
He said The International Police Criminal Organization, which is the second larger political organization after the United Nations, focuses mainly on public safety, and terrorism, crimes against humanity, environmental crime, genocide, among other crimes.