140 Nigeria Police officers arrive Somalia for peace keeping

140 officers of the Nigerian Police Force
have arrived in Mogadishu, the capital of
Somalia to participate in the ongoing
Africa Union (AU) Mission in Somalia
(AMISOM) peacekeeping operations.
A statement by the Peace and Security
Department of the AU Commission on
Wednesday said that the Formed Police Unit
(FPU) from Nigeria would join other unit from
Uganda who were already in Mogadishu.
The Special Representative of the AU
Chairperson for Somalia, Boubacar Diarra in a
statement said the arrival of the second AMISOM
Formed Police Unit was a clear demonstration of
the AU’s commitment to support Somalia in its
endeavour to improve the security situation in
the country especially in the liberated areas.
Mr Diarra thanked the AU Commission, the
government and the people of Nigeria for
honouring the pledge to provide additional
police personnel to the mission.
He said that the deployment of the unit would
provide the needed support to the people of
Somalia as they strive to improve on the
security situation in the country.
“Nigeria already has some Police Officers in
Somalia and the deployment of this unit, clearly
demonstrated its strong commitment to peace
and stability not only in Somalia but also in the
other part of the continent,’’ Mr Diarra said.
The statement said that the two units provided
by Uganda and Nigeria, would ensure improved
security in the liberated areas in the effort to
boost Public Order Management, VIP escorts
activities and providing protection to camps for
Internally Displaced Persons
The units would also train some members of the
Somalia Police Force who would eventually take
over the policing of their country.

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