Chris Steven, Abuja
Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police says he arrest of Chukwumeje Onwamadike, the notorious kidnapper popularly known as Evans, was made possible due to information sharing and intelligence cooperation among police services in West Africa.
Evans before his arrest operated in both Nigeria and Ghana which gave him opportunity to escape arrests on a number of occasions.
“Information sharing is crucial to tackling the menace of trans-border crimes in West Africa; it is through such exchange that we were able to nab a Ghanaian/Nigerian kidnapper two weeks ago, after evading arrest for many years,” Idris said on Wednesday.
The police chief spoke in Accra, Ghana in a paper titled: “The role of Nigeria Police in national security and its contributions in West Africa”, delivered at an ongoing West Africa international security conference.
“For several years, Evans terrorized Nigerians and nationals of many countries across West Africa. Efforts to apprehend him did not yield the desired results until we spread our search net wider,” he said.
Idris who solicited closer ties among security agencies in the sub-region, emphasises the need to improve the method of monitoring and surveillance, particularly among border and coastal police units.
He called for improved communication capabilities among intelligence gathering outfits in West Africa and called for mutual support to plug loopholes usually exploited by criminals.