UK trains Nigeria Police on counter kidnapping

The United Kingdom (UK) Police on Monday commenced a seminar to train Nigeria Police men on the United Nation’s manual on counter kidnapping.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase while declaring open the seminar at the Police Force Headquarters in Abuja said the menace of kidnapping has been challenging for the police.


He recalled that kidnapping of expatriate oil workers in the Niger Delta region was initially perceived to have been caused by economic and social unrest in the region.

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Arase regretted that kidnapping has now taken a dangerous dimension with traditional rulers and politicians targeted by criminals.


He noted that: “our strategic response has always been to discourage payment of ransom, but we are also worried about safety of the victims.”


Arase expressed delight for the training, which he says will sharpen the skills and capacity of Nigeria police officers.

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In an earlier remark the leader of the UK trainers, John Branney said the training will rely on the United Nations training manual which he says is of international standard of best practices.


He added that the UK national crime agency is interested in transferring technical skills and capacity to their Nigeria counter parts, noting that many British citizens have been kidnapped in Nigeria.