Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has called for legislation to make the arrest and prosecution of criminals within Africa much easier.
In a statement, Nigeria Police Force Spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, said Idris made the call on the sideline of the General Assembly of the Union Mechanism for Police Commissions( AFRIPOL) in Algiers.
He said sometimes, if criminals committed offences in a country and escaped to another, the police usually found it difficult to arrest and return them to the place the crime was committed to face the law.
”The proposed law will therefore redress this ugly trend, hence, bolster the criminal justice system in the continent.
”This, therefore, means more efficiency and diligence in the operations of the various police commissions and forces in the continent,” he said.
Idris further called for a stronger synergy among the continent’s police commissions.
”This also means effective fight of cross border crimes and criminality as well as enhanced internal security in the individual African countries.
”This cooperation and strategy should be sustained so that law-abiding citizens in the region can go to bed with their two eyes closed,” he said.
In a related development, African Police Cooperation Mechanism has endorsed Idris as its second Vice-Chairman.
Moshood said Idris was endorsed at the General Assembly of AFRIPOL in Algiers.
He said his endorsement came after he was nominated by the police chiefs of all West African countries at the forum
The assembly also endorsed the Algerian police boss as its chairman.topics from