By Ajogwu Jerry
Police and security chiefs in the West African subregion are set to meet in Abuja as part of ongoing efforts at galvanizing multinational efforts towards finding a lasting solution to transnational crimes, especially terrorism and violent extremism.
The summit which is holding under the auspices of West African Police and Security Chiefs WAPCCO 14th – 16th May 2019, in Abuja will also focus on kidnapping, illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, maritime security, herders and farmers’ conflict amongst others.
The event, which will have in attendance the INTERPOL Secretary General, representatives of African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL), members of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in South Africa and representatives from Committee of Chiefs of Police from Central Africa among other key Security Stakeholders will present very importantly, an opportunity for all Security Chiefs across West Africa to recommit themselves to collaborate more effectively towards tackling transborder crimes and other regional security threats in an increasingly globalized world.
The West African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) is a structure under ECOWAS designed to bring together Heads of Police of ECOWAS Member States to exchange and share intelligence and collaborate with one another in the fight against criminality and Security threats in West Africa.
WAPCCO’s areas of interest include the tackling of illicit trade on drugs, enforcement of immigration laws, policing of marine space, customs activities, and financial intelligence amongst others.