Nigerian, German Government To Collaborate On Police Reforms

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has expressed the willingness of the Police leadership to embrace reforms in all sectors of the Nigeria Police.

The Police Chief disclosed this Tuesday, 23 November, 2021, when he received a high-level delegation of the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led by Mr. Alexandre Callegaro, Deputy Director for West and Central Africa, German Federal Foreign Office.

TheFact Nigeria reports that the visit was to continue discussions aimed at creating, designing and running a Police Reform programme for the Nigeria Police Force with support from the German Government through its Global Security Sector Reform Foundation (GS-F), in line with the Presidential Reform Plan of President Muhammadu Buhari, through the Nigeria/German Binational Commission’s Agreement on Police Reforms.

The collaboration between both governments would include enhancing the capacity of the Nigeria Police Force in thematic areas of training, intelligence gathering, forensic capabilities, information and communication technology, and human rights-based policing to catalyze a result-oriented reform in key sectors of the Nigeria Police structure and bring about a paradigm shift in alignment with global best standards.

Other members of the German delegstion were Mr. Sascha Weh, Police Adviser at the German Federal Foreign Office, Mr. Matthias Seeger, a retired Inspector-General, and other retired officers of the German Federal Police attached to German Global Security Sector Reform Foundation (GS-F).

The meeting also had in attendance the Inspector-General of Police, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Department of Finance and Administration, DIG Sanusi Lemu, and other members of the Force Management Team, senior officers from various departments of the Force, AIG (Dr) Cornelius Kayode Aderanti (Rtd), Senior Special Assistant to the President on General Duties, Mr. Tunji Lardner Jr., Senior Special Assistant to the President on Strategy and Planning, Dr. Charles Omole, National Security Adviser to the Speaker, House of Representatives, amongst others.

IGP Baba assured Nigerians that his administration is poised to cooperate with the German delegation and other development partners on creating an enabling platform for general reforms of the Force to promote professionalism, human-rights-based and effective policing of the country.

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