By Augustine Ehikioya
Towards ensuring multi-agency diplomacy, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP Olukayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has ordered the posting of Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Bankole Lanre Sikiru to Head the INTERPOL National Crime Bureau (NCB).
He is also to head the Force Criminal Investigations Department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and made available to Security Watch Africa (SWA).
The posting, the statement said, is with immediate effect.
It reads “The posting follows his recent promotion to the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police.
“The new Head of the INTERPOL NCB, AIG Bankole, was appointed into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police in 1990.
“He holds a Degree in Law and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
“He has attended several leadership and strategic courses within and outside Nigeria including UN Logistics Officers Course, Ghana; Workshop on Financial Crime Investigation, Badagry; UNODC & Interpol Conference on Drug Trafficking, Spain; Workshop on Africa Border Security, South Africa; International Conference on Drug Trafficking, Taiwan; INTERPOL General Assembly, Chile.
“Similarly, he has served in various operational, investigative and administrative capacities within the Force including as DCP INTERPOL and CP INTERPOL, FCID Abuja and CP Ogun State,” it stated.
The statement added that the Inspector-General of Police, while reiterating his zeal to integrate and embrace multi-agency diplomacy in achieving his vision for the Nigeria Police Force, urged the Senior Police Officer to prioritize collaboration and cooperation with international law enforcement agencies and partners in combating transnational crime, and staying updated on emerging global security threats and trends, and adapting strategies accordingly.
He also tasked the officer to ensure regular updates on INTERPOL activities, challenges, and achievements, so as to “enable the Nigeria Police provide necessary support and guidance.”