The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has commended the cooperation and synergy between the 194 member countries of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) which has facilitated worldwide police cooperation for enhanced crime control.
The IGP equally commended operatives of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), INTERPOL Section, for leveraging the platform made available through INTERPOL to curb trans-border crimes especially crimes that cascade into other neighbouring African countries.
The IGP, according to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made this remark upon the successful recovery of three vehicles stolen from Nigeria in the Niger Republic.
The achievement was recorded following credible intelligence and physical support from operatives of INTERPOL Niamey which led to the trailing of a trans-border car theft syndicate and the eventual recovery of their loot.
The investigation which lasted for several days led to the recovery of a Toyota Camry with Chassis No: 4T1BE46K47U673141, Mercedes Benz 2012 550GL with Chassis No. 4JGBF8GE8CA762560 and a Hyundai vehicle with Chassis No: KMHDH41EBDU54686.
The IGP while commending the unrelenting efforts of Police Operatives, commended the INTERPOL Niamey for their cooperation and the important roles played in the recovery of the stolen vehicles. The IGP equally stressed that such a multilateral relationship is vital to nip crimes and criminality in the bud.
He urged members of the public to report cases of stolen vehicles so prompt and necessary action can be taken towards their recovery, either within or outside the country.
The Police Boss enjoined Nigerians to take advantage of the cooperation to recover their stolen items, particularly vehicles, urged the owners of the aforementioned vehicles to approach the Nigeria Police Force Criminal Investigations Department, INTERPOL Section, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, for the recovery and claims of their vehicles, with valid proofs of ownership and proper means of identification.
Meanwhile, investigation into the matter is still ongoing with a bid to arrest all persons complicit in the case.