Nigeria deploys 140 police officers to Guinea Bissau

The Nigeria Police Force has deployed a formed police unit made up of 140 strong personnel, equipped with modern crime fighting and peacekeeping equipment to Guinea Bissau.

A statement signed by the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, stated that the police contingent which is designed to be self-sustaining was deployed with full complement of Contingent Owned Equipment (COE).

According to the statement, some of the equipment include five armoured personnel carriers, 12 patrol vehicles, arms and ammunition as well as crowd and riot control equipment.

The contingent will also embark on the peace-keeping mission with food rations, an ambulance, drugs, first aid kits, medical equipment and a team of medical personnel comprising of two doctors and six nurses.

While addressing the contingent before their departure, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, urged the officers to exhibit true commitment and dedication in the discharge of their assigned roles at all times.

He also advised them to respect the laws/customs of their host country and strive to bring honours to themselves and Nigeria, through exemplary service to humanity.

The Nigeria police officers are expected to assist the government and people of the West African country, in restoring peace and stability in the country.

The deployment is in fulfillment of Nigeria’s pledge and commitment to assist the regional bloc; ECOWAS in restoring rule of law in Guinea Bissau and the entire sub region.

Contrary to the usual practice of paying allowances on return of the unit after completion of its assignment, the IGP approved the payment of three months allowances to the officers in advance of their deployment.

This gesture was to boost the morale and to allow the officers take care of the welfare of their family before departure.

This current deployment to Guinea Bissau brings to nine the total number of countries where Nigeria police officers are presently serving on international peace keeping operations.

The other countries are Liberia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Cote D’Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Outside the African continent, Nigerian police officers are also involved in similar missions in Haiti and East Timor.