The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has reinstated its commitment to collaborate with the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) to curtail the rise of all forms of environmental crimes in the country.
Speaking while receiving the Director-General, NESREA, Dr Lawrence Chidi Anukam and his delegation at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase admitted that it was necessary for the Nigeria Police to be acquainted with environmental issues, including the laws and regulations.
He also stressed the need for capacity building in the Police Force, in order to deliver on their mandate and effectively protect the Nigerian citizens.
The Police helmsman while expressing his gratitude for the visit promised to reinforce and reinvigorate all existing pact between NESREA and the Nigeria Police including the implementation of the Environmental Training programme for Nigeria Police initiated by NESREA.
Mr Arase stated that the police would duly participate in the environmental training programme initiated by NESREA in partnership with the Nigeria Police.
He assured maximum assistance to NESREA, particularly in the area of environmental compliance and enforcement nationwide.
He said that the modalities for implementing the training programme would be quickly worked out and put in practice, and would involve all the Nigeria Police colleges.
Speaking earlier, Dr Anukam alerted the IG on the growing rate of local and transboundary environmental crimes saying that it was time for collective effort to fight against the menace.
He stated that his visit to the Force Headquarters was to solicit for continuing collaboration and partnership between NESREA and Nigeria Police towards effective implementation of environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement programme nationwide.
He said, “We need to enforce the environmental laws and regulations, and to do that effectively, we need Police cooperation.”
Dr Anukam also expressed appreciation for the security services provided by the Nigeria Police during NESREA enforcement activities.
He also briefed the IG on various programmes and activities of NESREA including the active involvement of the agency in the environmental crime programme of the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and how Nigeria has benefited from the capacity building and intelligence sharing exercises.
Dr Anukam who is currently a member of the Governing Board of the Interpol Environmental Crime Programme at the Interpol Headquarters in Lyon, France, stated that Nigeria will soon be establishing the Environmental Security Task Force (ESTF), using the Interpol template as it is being done presently in many member countries of the Interpol
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