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- Published on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 17:39
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Law enforcement agencies and operatives in West Africa should close ranks and upgrade their knowledge and tools in order to counter the sophistication of criminals and the rising wave of organized transnational crimes in the region, Col. Abdoulrahmane Dieng, Head of ECOWAS Regional Security Division, has said.
Speaking on behalf of the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security at the opening of the 8th Annual Meeting of the West Africa’s National Central Regional Bureaux of INTERPOL, in Abidjan on Wednesday 13th September 2012, Col. Dieng noted that transnational organized crimes constituted a major menace to peace and security in the region.
He said the criminals involved in narcotic and human trafficking,
money laundering, terrorism, cyber-crimes, counterfeiting, vehicle
theft and smuggling, among others, continued to perfect their illicit
trade to reduce risks and maximize their profits.
The ECOWAS official therefore called for greater coordination and
synergy among law enforcement agencies and operatives using the West
African National Central Regional Bureaux of INTERPOL as arrow-head,
especially in information sharing and analysis through the
organization’s I/24/7 network.
Col. Dieng said the creation of the West African Police Information
System (WAPIS), targeting organized transnational crimes, should also
boost intra-community police anti-crime cooperation.
Cote d’Ivoire’s Inspector General of Police, General Bredou M’bia
spoke in the same vein in his speech in which he also urged law
enforcement agencies to redouble their efforts through specialized
training in combating crimes such as terrorism and Al-Qaeda activities
in the region.
He said the reopening of the INTERPOL West Africa Regional Office in
Abidjan would also boost the sensitization of law enforcement agencies
and operatives on the need to step up their game towards making the
region stable and safe.
INTERPOL was represented by Madam Salimata Sow, who in her speech
reaffirmed the willingness of the Organization to strengthen
collaboration with the National Central Bureaux through the provision
of adequate training and necessary equipment for effective crime
Welcoming the participants, the Mayor of Cote d’Ivoire’s
administrative district of Cocody, represented by Mr. Toure Abdoulaye,
stressed the need for law enforcement agencies to pay particular
attention to the technical advances and methods adopted by criminals
and the need to strengthen regional strategies and cooperation in
He emphasized the need to demonstrate strong political will in putting
in place the necessary mechanism and policies for a stable and safe
society that will contribute to the preservation of human lives in the
The meeting kicks off four days of gathering of regional security
operatives, including the 13th Annual General Assembly of the West
African Police Chiefs Committee (WAPCCO) on Thursday 13th September,
the Meeting of the ECOWAS Committee of Chiefs of Security Services
(CCSS), on Friday 14th September and the 9th Meeting of the Forum of
Ministers in charge of security in ECOWAS Member States, all in the
The Ministers will review the security situation in the region and
make recommendations for crime control and how to boost security in
the region after considering the reports of the WAPCCO and CCSS
The Regional Security Division of the ECOWAS Commission, which serves
as the WAPCCO Permanent Secretariat organizes and coordinates the
different levels of annual security meetings with a view to bringing
together the relevant stakeholders to report, discuss, analyze,
strategize and make recommendations in line with international best
practices on crime trends and Police collaboration in the region.