Following the outbreak of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and its neighbouring Chad, Niger, Cameroun and Benin Republics, the International Police, INTERPOL, has commenced training for Nigeria, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo on border security.
The training, which is being held in Lome, Togo, is the third in a series of INTERPOL’s training sessions on border management in West Africa.
INTERPOL’s Media Unit in an electronic press statement yesterday said the training wasin preparation of an upcoming regional operation, and that the two-week session was its final training course on capacity building programme to strengthen border management in West Africa.
According to the organisers, the programme will involve a joint regional border management operation in the five countries as well as develop an operational plan and learned how to conduct pre-operational briefings.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that 17 participants from customs and immigration agencies in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo attended the ‘train-the-trainer’ style course.
The participants also learned how to conduct their own border security training sessions in their home countries.
Addressing the opening ceremony, the central director of the Togolese Judicial Police, Awoh Messan said that as crime was constantly modernising and becoming more international, such capacity building initiatives were welcomed in the region.
The two-year programme funded partly by the government of Canada’s Anti-Crime Capacity Building Programme, comprises specialised training courses, inter-agency collaboration and a regional operational exercise, supported by the development of a practical handbook on regional border management strategies.

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