Ahead of its Symposium to counter organized crime being planned in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC Nigeria), the Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW) has visited the Vice President, International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol Africa), AIG Garba Umar (Rtd.) to seek collaboration in the fight against organized crime in the region.
In its strategic position, Interpol Africa works to “ensure that the law enforcement voice is heard at the African Union so as to strengthen security in Africa.”
Leading the team, the Center’s Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Amb. Angela Nworgu said that the Center is interested in working with stakeholders to counter transnational organized crime in Africa which continues to disrupts and endanger lives and livelihood.
She added that the fight against organized crime requires coordinated efforts of stakeholders including governments, law enforcement agencies, international organizations, and local communities in order to create a safer environment for the people of Africa.
Receiving the team, AIG Umar (Rtd.) pledged to work with the Center in the fight against organized crime, by providing necessary tools for sharing information, intelligence, and resources that will enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement efforts, improve border security, strengthen legal frameworks, and promote socio-economic development.
The Symposium on Countering Organized Crime in Africa is scheduled to hold between 24th and 25th of October, 2023 and planned to serve as a unique platform that bring together key stakeholder to review collective efforts in the fight against organized crimes. The symposium will focus on discussing workable solutions to the rising threats of organized crime on the continent, and shed light on the multifaceted nature of organized crime, explore innovative strategies for combatting its global impact, and foster international collaboration to create a safer future.