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Nigeria: UN Praises Nigerian Somali Police

Daily Trust (Abuja)
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Nigerian police contingent in Somalia were adjudged most excellent in peace support operations by the United Nations.

Director of the UN Support Office for the African Mission in Somalia (UNSOA), Amadu Camara weekend led UN and AU officials to Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar and the Peacekeeping Training Centre at Force headquarters, Abuja.

"We are here to express our appreciation to the Nigerian authorities for the support towards ensuring that peace returns to Somalia and it is returned from the status of a failed state to a normal member of the comity of nations. We have seen the very professional and updated way you do your deployments. Those in Somalia are doing very well and making the mandate of the mission realizable," he said.

He said the UN was also impressed with the provision of the necessary requirements including communication equipment, armored personnel carriers, accommodation, and other logistics for the Police Formed Units in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Haiti, South-Sudan and Darfur.

The IG said Nigeria's participation in international peacekeeping operations, especially the African continent, was aimed at ensuring the world is made safe for mankind.

"It is in line with this resolve that our president, Goodluck Jonathan has continued to give us immense support to meet the expectations on us. So at all times, we try to ensure Nigeria takes the lead in Africa. We make sure that every of our officer that leaves this country for mission operation is physically, medically and professionally prepared for the task. We pay them three months allowances in advance, provide the six months feeding allowances to ensure that they remain disciplined and don't allow bad influences while doing the job," the IG said.


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