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Peace Keeping Operation

The Nigeria Police first participated in Peacekeeping in 1960 with the deployment of personnel to Congo and ever since the list of countries with our peacekeepers is now endless. Our peacekeepers have participated in operations in Congo, Namibia, Angola, Western Sahara, Cambodia, Mozambique, Somalia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, East Timor, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Afghanistan, Cote D’Ivoire, Burundi, Haiti, Sudan, South Sudan and Guinea Bissau to mention but a few.

The Peacekeeping office of the Nigeria Police was established in 2005 with clear vision and mission statement hereunder.

VISION: Research, Train and Deploy for Global peace support operation

MISSION: To equip personnel with requisite skills and competencies required to meet complex peace support operations environment through the delivery of quality internationally recognized and professional training.
1. Recruitment/selection of police officers and men fit for UN/AU/ECOWAS peace support operations.

2. Training of officers to be deployed as United Nations Police officers (UNPOLs) comprising of Formed Police Units (FPUs) and Individual Police Officers (IPOs).

3. Deployment/Rotation of Police officers to various missions areas across the globe.

4. Serve as liaison between United Nations Department of peacekeeping operations (UNDPKO)/African Union Peace Support Operations Department (AUPSOD) / ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) and the Nigeria Police.

5. Give appropriate advice to the Inspector-General of Police on matters related to UN/AU/ECOWAS Peace support operations.

6. Monitoring of activities of Nigeria Police officers in Mission areas through daily situation reports from contingents.

7. Liaise with Nigerian immigration, UNDP office and DHL on travel issues and air freighting of contingents belongings.

However, over the last 50 years, the Nigeria Police has committed more men and materials towards keeping the peace in Africa and elsewhere than any other on the continent. The Nigeria Police have deployed over Twelve (12) thousand personnel to various UN/AU and ECOWAS peace support operations.

It may interest readers to know that in the year 1960 the Nigeria police deployed the first ever contingent of Individual police officers (IPOs) to UN mission in the Congo led by ACP Louis Edet while the pioneer Formed Police Unit (FPU) of 120 officers and men was deployed to Liberia in the year 2004 under the command of SP Sikiru Akande.

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