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EU to train Nigerian police

European Union’s  is providing training and logistical support for the Nigeria Polcie 

This follows a meeting between officials of the European Union and Nigeria’s Minister of Police Affairs, Ibrahim Lame, in Brussels, Belgium. 

The pledge includes providing forensic laboratory equipment and training Nigeria’s police in crime detection and prevention.

Nigeria requested the EU’s help after conducting a “comprehensive study” which identified inadequate resources as a major impediment to the full implementation of its police reform program.

The police have often been accused of being ineffective in fighting crimes. 

But Emmanuel Ojukwu, the force public relations officer said that the pledge is a morale booster for police.

“The Nigeria police (are) willing and open to all friendly international organizations and development partners who are willing to assist us to build and expand our facilities,” Ojukwu said.

He said the police are doing the best under prevailing circumstances.

“The Nigeria police (are) a growing organization. We are also a learning institution, and we are working very hard every day to improve our skills and competencies to deliver quality services to Nigeria. We know there are problems, but we are making every effort to succeed and overcome these problems,” he said.

Ojukwu said the EU’s logistical pledge would benefit the police.

“The level of our forensic ability is still low.

The level of training is still low. So such assistance from the EU or any good foreign partner would be welcome to help us to increase our skills and our competencies and to enable us to improve on our record in crime detection and even prevention,” Ojukwu said.