AU is deploying 160 new law enforcement officials to enhance safety in Somalia

The African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) stated on Thursday that it has deployed about 160 law enforcement officials from Nigeria to help stabilization efforts within the nation.

Mohammed Ibrahim, who heads the Eleventh Nigerian Shaped Police Unit (NFPU) contingent, stated officers would offer help to the Somali police power according to Somalia’s transition plan.

“These officers are well-trained and disciplined. They will fulfill the mandate given to them and will not fail their country or the African Union,” Ibrahim stated in an announcement issued in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia.

ATMIS stated the incoming contingent that arrived in Mogadishu on Wednesday replaces one other, referred to as NFPU 10, which not too long ago returned to Nigeria after finishing a mission that included serving to to safe safety not too long ago. parliamentary and presidential elections.

The ATMIS police element could have 1,040 personnel, together with 5 Formed Police Units (FPUs), and can keep this quantity till December 2024, in accordance with the UN Security Council decision.

Police officers are anticipated to help specialised coaching, counseling and mentoring of the Somali police power, together with in joint patrols and safety of significant installations.

Ibrahim stated officers may even help Somali police service capability in the availability of police providers throughout Somalia and assist counteract violent extremism and social unrest via native policing, public order administration and different crime prevention methods.

This is Nigeria’s eleventh police unit deployed to Somalia since 2012.

The police-contributing nations in ATMIS are Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zambia, that are deployed throughout the 5 operational sectors.

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