The Nigeria Police Force said 34 of its officers and men, including three females, on a peace keeping mission in South Sudan, have received the UN award for “exceptional performance”.
A statement by Frank Mba, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, on Sunday, said Hilda Johnson, the Special Representative of the UN’s Secretary-General, decorated the officers with the award medals.
It said the award was “hard earned” considering the commitment and sacrifice made by the awardees toward ensuring the rule of law in the newly independent country.
The statement described them as resourceful and competent personnel in the peace efforts in South Sudan and commended the Federal Government’s contribution to global peace.
The statement urged the officers to continue to uphold the virtues that made the Nigeria Police one of the most sought after security organisations worldwide.
It said the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, at the award ceremony, commended them for their “sterling qualities” and urged them not to deviate from the core values of professionalism, selflessness and dedication.
The IG was represented by Mamman Tsafe, the AIG in charge of Zone 2, Lagos.
He thanked the UN for reposing confidence in Nigeria and pledged to support and actively participate in international peace keeping operations.
He said there was a need for collaboration among police of different nations as experience had shown that organised and trans-boundary crimes such as arms dealing, terrorism, drug and human trafficking thrived in conflict and post conflict areas of the world.
Dr. Yiga, the UN Police Commisioner in South Sudan, commended the Nigerian peace keepers for their loyalty and unflinching commitment to the UN ideals.
The officers were deployed to the UN Mission In South Sudan (UNMISS) as advisers, mentors and capacity builders.