Nigeria will be hosting the heads of security forces across West Africa under the auspices of West Africa Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) in Abuja. from May 14 to 16, 2019. The event will be hosted by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
According to the Presidency, the initiative is part of ongoing efforts at galvanizing multinational efforts towards finding a lasting solution to transnational crimes, especially terrorism, violent extremism, kidnapping, illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons, human trafficking, maritime security, herders and farmers’ conflict amongst others.
“The event will have in attendance the INTERPOL Secretary-General, representatives of African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL), members of Institute for Security Studies (ISS), S/Africa & representatives from Committee of Chiefs of Police from Central Africa, among other key Security Stakeholders,” the presidency stated.
The Meeting will present an opportunity for all Security Chiefs across West Africa to re-commit themselves to collaborate more effectively towards tackling trans-border 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.