Britain, Italy to partner Nigeria Police on counter-terrorism


The British High commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright and his Italian counterpart, Dr. Fulvio Rustico, have met with the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
During his visit, the British High Commissioner intimated the IGP with his country’s role as a major donor to the Nigeria Police Force.
He added that his government would do more in the area of counter terrorism training for officers and men of the force.
Responding to the high commissioner’s remarks, the IGP expressed delight at the visit and acknowledged the fact that Nigeria police personnel had in the past undergone series of training in Britain.
He further stated that he was confident that the visit would open avenues for more of such opportunities.
Meanwhile, Idris also hosted the Italian Ambassador to Nigeria, who informed him of the willingness of the government of the European nation to partner with the NPF.
He also stated that there were plans on ground for heads of police from both countries to hold a bilateral meeting.
The Italian envoy disclosed that his government had also concluded plans to train at least 20 officers and men of the NPF in counter-terrorism.
Also in his response, the IGP commended the Italian government for rendering such invaluable assistance.
He assured the ambassador that such gestures would be immeasurable, considering the current fight against terrorism.
The IGP further recounted how he had witnessed first-hand, while working with the United Nations, the high standards maintained by the Italian government regarding the training of her security personnel.