The Nigeria Police and the Nigeria Immigration Service has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the extension of the use of Interpol i-24/7 by the Nigeria Immigration Service on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
The Comptroller General of Immigration was represented by DCG in Charge of Border, DCG Raymond Jaja while the Inspector General of Police was represented by the DIG in Charge of Operation, DIG Joshak Habila.
In his opening remark, the Commissioner of Police, INTERPOL, CP Olusola Subair said that INTERPOL is present in 192 countries of the World of which Nigeria is an active member. He further said that i-24/7 is a system used in connecting all INTERPOL around together for information sharing.
Subair reiterated that with the signing of the MoU with the Nigeria Immigration Service, there is no place for criminals to hide around the border henceforth.
In is response, the representative of the CG Immigration; DCG Raymond Jaja said that the Nigeria Immigration Services is adequately prepared to carry out the content of the MoU and fully ready to share information with the INTERPOL.
The representative of Inspector General of Police, DIG Joshak Habila said that the Inspector General of Police on 31st January 2017 officially commissioned the newly refurbished National Central Bureau Headquarters, Abuja and the upgrade of INTERPOL i-24/7 Secure Global Communication Network System, thereby paving the way for the extension of Interpol i-24/7 access to other relevant law enforcement agencies in Nigeria.
DIG Habila said the primary objective of INTERPOL i-24/7 is to have access to other law enforcement agencies in the country such as Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Custom Service, Office of the National Security Adviser, Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency amongst others which will avail each of these agencies a veritable platform to access and share critical crime related information using the organization’s system of international notices, populate INTERPOL database, conduct joint national/transnational operational collaboration and also carry out capacity building exercise.
He further reiterated that the access when fully operational will optimally lead to a corresponding increase in the arrest of arrest of fugitives, wanted persons, human/drug traffickers, recovery of stolen lost travel documents, stolen vehicles, firearms, works of arts and other transnational crimes.
“Furthermore, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has leant its credence towards a successful implementation of the program through coordinated meetings. This has reached an advance stage with the presentation of MoU’s and other INTERPOL documents to all the heads of relevant law enforcement agencies in the country, DIG Habila concluded.