Mali Crisis:ECOWAS Commission Appoints Nigeria Police Officer to Command Position
The ECOWAS Commission has on the recommendation of the Inspector-General of Police appointed DCP Subair Olusola Kamar as the Deputy Police Commissioner in charge of the African-led International Assistance Mission to Mali (AFISMA).
Until his appointment, DCP Kamar was the DCP Administration in the Department of Training at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. A graduate of the University of Paris VIII, in St Denis, France, he is bilingual in both English and French.An official statement today described Kamar as a highly travelled and professionally minded Officer, who has served in various strategic positions not only in Nigeria but in the UN where he distinguished himself in the UN Preventive Deployment Force (UNPREDEP) in the Republic of Macedonia and the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC). It is widely believed that his past training, professional competence and international experiences will come handy in his new assignment.
Similarly, the Inspector-General of Police has authorized the deployment of seven (7) Individual Police Officers (IPO) and One Formed Police Unit (FPU) comprising one hundred and forty (140) personnel to Mali in support of AFISMA operations aimed at restoring peace and security to the strife-torn country. The FPU which will be self-sustaining and self-supportive will be made up of highly trained and seasoned police personnel skilled in counter-terrorism and crime detection techniques will also have its own trained engineers and medical support team. It is expected that the peacekeepers will support the capacity development of the Malian Law enforcement agencies. This is in fulfillment of the pledge of the Federal Government to continue to work with relevant development partners at defeating terrorism both at national and international levels thereby strengthening law and order in Mali and in the entire ECOWAS sub-region.
A statement by CSP Frank E. Mba, Deputy Force Public Relations Offiicer said DCP Kamar will assume duty at the end of the month while the Formed Police Unit (FPU) will be formally deployed in a month’s time.
Currently, the Nigeria Police have about eight hundred international Peacekeepers in several countries of the world namely: Liberia, Haiti, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, East Timor, Cote D’voire, Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea Bissau.