AIG Garba Baba Umar elected INTERPOL vice president for Africa


Nigerian Police Assistant Inspector General Garba Baba Umar has been elected Executive Committee Member and Vice President of the International Criminal Police or Interpol for the African region.

AIG Umar, the head of the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB) in Nigeria, was elected on Thursday in Turkey.

“AIG Garba was elected in the early hours of today, November 25, 2021, in the 89th Interpol General Assembly currently holding at the Halic Congress Hall, Istanbul, Turkey,” said Police Public Relations Officer CP Frank Mba.

“AIG Garba, one of Nigeria’s finest criminal investigators and professional strategic police managers, with over thirty years policing experience both at national and international levels, polled the highest number of votes in the elections.

“With this appointment, which will span through a period of three years, AIG Garba is expected to bring his wealth of experience to bear in coordinating Interpol operations targeted at ensuring a safer world for people and communities across the African continent.

“This is in addition to drawing international policing support and cooperation towards advancing public safety and security, protecting the cyber space and generally addressing challenges faced by law enforcement officers and policing managers in the continent.”

Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola reported that President Muhammadu Buhari also expressed happiness for the new Interpol vice president.

“The election took place today [Thursday], a couple of hours ago. And he emerged as the vice president of Interpol in Africa, representing the 53 African nations. That too was discussed, appreciated and applauded,” said the minister.

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