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Nigeria, Sierra Leone sign pact to advance policing

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Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba

Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, yesterday, signed a cooperation agreement with his Sierra Leonean counterpart, Dr. Ambrose Michael Sovula, at Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The bilateral policing engagement targets the deepening and consolidation of the relationship between the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and Sierra Leone Police (SLP) in areas such as manpower development, intelligence sharing, tackling regional and transnational threats and crimes.

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Sovula is on a five-day working visit to Force Headquarters, led by Sierra Leonean Minister of Internal Affairs, Mr. David Maurice Panda-Noah.

Alkali, during the meeting, noted: “Crime is dynamic especially in planning, perfection, and execution, and is increasingly resonating beyond the borders where it is committed.”

As a panacea, Alkali advocated, among other things, “the need for continuous bilateral police cooperation and network to successfully confront regional security threats.”

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He said Nigeria Police Force has a historically unique relationship with the SLP, especially in capacity building. He noted for instance that in 1996, the NPF offered slots for the training of seven Sierra Leonean cadet officers at the Nigeria Police Academy, Kano.

On his part, Sovula appreciated Alkali for approving the participation of 10 senior SLP officers in the ongoing Strategic Leadership and Command Course at the National Institute of Policy Studies, Abuja. He commended the leadership of the NPF for collaboration in training and capacity building. He also expressed the belief that this would enhance the strategic management and operational visibility of the SLP.

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Panda-Noah, in his remarks, expressed the appreciation of the government and the people of Sierra Leone for the relationship between the two police organisations.

He affirmed that the synergy has impacted positively on policing services in Sierra Leone. He also expressed hope that the signing of the agreement would enable both countries to perfect a Memorandum of Understanding to evolve a formidable policing collaboration.

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