Nigeria To Implement West African Police Information System

By Mohammed Husaini

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The Nigerian Government has expressed readiness to implement the West African Police Information System,WAPIS, in the country to boost security.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Ibrahim Gaidam who made this known, saying  WAPIS presents Nigeria with a unique opportunity to strengthen law enforcement efforts and foster collaboration among West African countries.

Mr Gaidam stated this during the visit of the ECOWAS, European Union, and INTERPOL delegation led by Head of Politics, Press and Information Section European Union (ECOWAS/Nigeria) Zissimos Vergos to the Ministry Headquarters in Abuja.

He said; “This visit marks a significant milestone in our journey towards implementing the West African Police Information System (WAPIS) here in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

“By implementing the WAPIS, we will enhance our capacity to collect, store, analyze, and share crucial law enforcement data across borders. This system will enable us to tackle the menace of organised crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism more effectively.”

Gaidam said that “It is important to note that Nigeria is at the forefront of addressing the complex challenges of transnational crime and terrorism and the need for efficient and reliable information-sharing mechanisms cannot be overstated.”

Gaidam said that “WAPIS would empower our law enforcement agencies with the necessary tools to identify and apprehend criminals who operate across national boundaries, ensuring that they face the full force of justice.”

The Minister further said that the WAPIS system will contribute to the creation of a safer and more secure West Africa; It will foster trust and cooperation among our regional partners, facilitating the exchange of information, best practices, and expertise. 

“Together, we can establish a formidable network that transcends borders, allowing us to combat crime collectively and protect the well-being of our citizens. WAPIS in Nigeria would not have been possible without the steadfast support and collaboration of our esteemed partners.”

The ECOWAS Commission, the European Union, and INTERPOL have demonstrated their unwavering commitment to fostering regional security and supporting Nigeria’s efforts in this critical endeavor.

The Head of Politics, Press and Information Section European Union (ECOWAS/Nigeria) Zissimos Vergos who led the delegation stated that the purpose of their visit was to review the specific objective of the programme.

He said it was also to examine the status regarding the development of WAPIS mechanism within Nigeria law enforcement landscape.

Vergos noted that that “there is the need for better coordination and dialogue among the security agencies and exchange of information within West Africa region.”

The Head of the Regional Security Division ECOWAS Commission, Colonel Abdourahmane Dieng said that WAPIS is an ECOWAS programme and stressed the need for political support towards the advancement of the process.

He made it clear that they had identified some issues in the implementation of the programme in Nigeria and the need for the technical mission to support the team in Nigeria.




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