May 28, 2024

Gaidam Throws Weight Behind Urquiza’s Candidacy for Interpol’s Gen Sec

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Gaidam Throws Weight Behind Urquiza’s Candidacy for Interpol’s Gen Sec

From left: Vice President Interpol Africa) Rt, AIG Umar Garba; Vice President (INTERPOL) Mr. Valdecy Urquiza; Minister of Police Affairs, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam and Permanent Secretary, Dr. Nasir Sani Gwarzo during the visit of the INTERPOL team led by its Vice President Mr. Valdency Urquiza to the Headquarters of the Ministry of Police Affairs in Abuja,

The Minister of Police Affairs, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, has declared Nigeria’s full support for Mr. Valdecy Urquiza’s candidacy for the position of Interpol Secretary General, and calls on all esteemed partners and allies to join hands in endorsing his candidacy.

A statement signed the Deputy Director (Information & Public Relations), Mr. Bolaji Kazeem, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), stated that the minister made his position known during the visit of the INTERPOL team led by Mr. Valdency Urquiza, who is presently the Vice President, to the headquarters of the Ministry of Police Affairs in Abuja.

The Minister pointed out Mr. Valdecy Urquiza’s candidacy represents a new chapter in Interpol’s leadership, and believes that his experience and dedication make him a strong candidate for the position of Secretary General.

In his words, “We are committed to working closely with Brazil to ensure a fair and transparent election process that upholds the principles of democracy and accountability. I am confident that his leadership skills, expertise, and dedication to the cause of international security will make him an outstanding choice for this crucial role.”

Gaidam added that “Nigeria and Brazil share a history of collaboration and friendship that spans decades. Our two nations have worked together on various fronts, including economic development, cultural exchange, and most importantly, in the realm of law enforcement and security. Nigeria and Brazil have worked closely together on issues such as counterterrorism, transnational crime, and cybersecurity. One notable example of our partnership is the joint efforts in combating drug trafficking through intelligence sharing and coordinated operations,” he stressed.

The Minister opined that Interpol plays a crucial role in ensuring global peace and security by facilitating international police cooperation and coordination. The organization’s work in combating transnational crime, terrorism, and organized crime is essential for maintaining a safe and secure world for all nations.

According to him, “We recognize the importance of a strong and effective Interpol leadership in addressing the complex security challenges of the 21st century and Nigeria has made significant contributions to Interpol, including producing the Interpol Vice President for Africa in the person of AIG Garba Baba Umar (Retd).

He affirmed that Interpol, as the world’s largest international police organization, can assist Nigerian law enforcement agencies to enhance their capacity to tackle transnational crime effectively through the exchange of critical intelligence, provide training and technical assistance, and support joint operations to target criminal networks operating across borders.

Earlier, Mr. Urquiza had requested the support of Nigeria for the position of the Interpol General Secretary to enable him effect a reform for the betterment of the member countries which Brazil’s candidacy will bring forth into the Interpol.

According to him, this is the first time having the possibility of Secretary General from the developing nation. A nation that can bring diversity and neutrality to the organization. I am here to ask for support for my candidacy and if I succeed, we lead Interpol together.

 Seated L-R: Vice President Interpol Africa) Rt, AIG Umar Garba; Vice President (INTERPOL) Mr. Valdecy Urquiza; Minister of Police Affairs, Senator Ibrahim Gaidam; Permanent Secretary, Dr. Nasir Sani Gwarzo and Directors during the visit of the INTERPOL team led by its Vice President Mr. Valdency Urquiza to the Headquarters of the Ministry of Police Affairs in Abuja

Our vision for the future of the organization is the organization that can better support member countries and we are going to prioritize the needs of the members rather than focusing on a few members.

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