• They’re here to ‘mentor’ us – Somali Police Force
The African Union Mission in Somalia (ANISOM), on Sunday declared the arrival of a delegation of 144 police officers from Nigeria, in Somalia, to boost and stabilize its security operations.
Coordinator of AMISOM Police Operations, Daniel Ali Gwambal, said 30 police officers to serve under the AMISOM, for a period of one year, will be deployed to Beletweyne in Hirsha Belle state, while the rest would serve in various roles in the capital Mogadishu.
However, Gwambal in a statement issued in Mogadishu said, “They are here in order to fulfill the mandate of AMISOM, with regards to operational support to Somalis and at the same time to mentor the Somali Police Force (SPF).
“There are certain specific duties that are also incumbent on them to perform, while that are here; such as regular patrols at checkpoints, guard static duties and other duties, that involves general policing,” he added.
Gwambal said the officers would work on providing VIP escort and protection services, training, assisting the SPF in public order management, conducting joint patrols with their Somali counterparts and securing key government installations and high level events.
The AU mission said the arrival of the new contingent is a major boost to law and order as they would be working in concert with their Somali counter parts in ensuring improved security in liberated areas.
The Commander of the newly deployed unit, Samuel Ita, said its officers were eager to begin discharging their duties to help advance the Mission’s mandate.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News