Abuja, Nigeria, Could 26, 2021. The federal government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria represented by the Minister of Police Affairs Mr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi has inaugurated the West African Police Data System (WAPIS) Knowledge Centre in Abuja on the 26th of Could 2021 on the Nigeria Police Power Headquarters.
Opening the Inauguration ceremony, the Inspector Basic of the Nigeria Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba expressed that “the operation of the WAPIS Programme at this essential interval of our Nationwide/regional safety challenges will graciously enrich the Nigeria Police Power in her efforts to fight organized and transnational crimes. The Programme which intends to boast info sharing among the many West African States will in no small measure stimulate break-through and additional present a platform for coordinated method to crime detection, prevention, persecution, rehabilitation in addition to projection”.
The Vice President of the ECOWAS Fee, Madam Finda Koroma, expressed the low stage of data and Knowledge change inside the area to successfully battle towards organized crime and terrorism, and he or she recalled the significance of the WAPIS program which has been absolutely built-in into the ECOWAS motion plan towards terrorism 2020-2024. Madam Koroma additionally pleaded for the extension of this system for 2 further years with the intention to permit Nigeria and different ECOWAS member states to profit from this essential program.
Recognizing the political and operational involvement of the Nigerian authorities, the Govt Director of INTERPOL Mr. Carl Alexandre reminded that with out efficient police info change inside the area, in addition to between the area and the remainder of the world, no enforcement technique can successfully sort out the threats of terrorism and arranged crime.
The Deputy Head of Mission of the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Alexandre Borges Gomes careworn that “the WAPIS programme is a transparent illustration of the want of like-minded companions like Nigeria, the EU, ECOWAS and INTERPOL to work carefully collectively to deal with transnational crime.”
Concluding the remarks, the Minister of Police Affairs Mr. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi acknowledged: thus “Allow me to at this level specific my honest gratitude to all the important thing gamers on this pro-ject – INTERPOL, ECOWAS and certainly the European Union, whose funding has made it doable for Member international locations to profit from this outstanding programme geared toward combating crime”.
The WAPIS Centre is a Knowledge Assortment and Registration Centre that might be chargeable for the operationalization of the WAPIS System in Nigeria. This Centre will function a catalyst for safety integration and interagency collaboration within the nation, by bringing collectively all the safety equipment into the method of assortment, storage and sharing of prison information at nationwide, regional and world stage by INTERPOL I-24/7 channel. The WAPIS Centre will promote the sharing of prison information in actual time, enhancing, inter-alia the regional battle towards organized crime and terrorism. Thereby supporting the investigation of main crimes and the frontline officers in coping with the motion of individuals and items on the border crossing factors.
Funded by the European Union beneath the aegis of the ECOWAS Fee, the WAPIS Programme works towards the creation of nationwide police information techniques in every ECOWAS Member States, Mauritania and Chad along with the event of a regional platform for stronger police information change.