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    #ENDSARS: Nigeria May Lose Interpol Job

    #ENDSARS: Nigeria May Lose Interpol Job

    #ENDSARS: Nigerian May Lose Interpol Job


     NIGERIA is at risk of losing its candidacy for the post of President of the International Police (INTERPOL) due to #EndSARS and police brutality, according to signs on Saturday.

    Some major powers are said to oppose Nigeria's position, although lobbying for Nigeria's top position continues.

    China is said to be firmly behind Nigeria in seeking the position.

    INTERPOL has 194 member countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, Canada, Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, and Saudi Arabia, among others.

    The incumbent Kim Jong Yang's term will end this year after being elected in 2018.

    Yang is completing the term of Mr. Meng Hongwei, who resigned in 2018.

    The next elections are scheduled for December during the INTERPOL General Assembly in Abu Dhabi (UAE).

    Member countries are said to be anxiously awaiting the election and likely reforms of the organization.

    Nigeria's offer for the position has intensified in recent months and members have asked for input at different levels.

    The information was deduced to include the profiling of the activities and the evaluation of the police force of any country seeking the position.

    However, the findings confirmed that some of the great powers "have not been favorable" to Nigeria's candidacy.

    Although many senior police officers have stood out during INTERPOL and some peacekeeping operations, it emerged that the broader picture of the "perception of the Nigerian police force" could affect the nation's prospects.

    A senior source, speaking confidently, said: “Some of the major powers oppose INTERPOL's leadership in Nigeria due to the result of police profiling. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and even the National Human Rights Commission (NHR) have been consistent in their accusation against the Nigerian Police.

    “Some of the problems against the Nigerian Police are extrajudicial killings, position and role in some elections, abuse of the fundamental human rights of Nigerians, activities of the now defunct SARS, alleged bribery and corruption, and poor security facilities. detention.

    “Even during the lockdown, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in May accused the Nigerian Police of committing more extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations.

    “The internationalization of #EndSARS protests in some parts of the country has reduced the nation's aspiration for INTERPOL job.

    “The #EndSARS conveners have written many petitions to some of these influential countries. 

    “Some of the affected countries have also conducted internal surveys and are not interested in pressuring Nigeria for the position.

    “The files of one of those shortlisted for the position have also been analyzed. Some of these nations simply distrust any Nigerian police officer heading INTERPOL. "

    But some countries, including China, sympathize with Nigeria because of the "exceptional performance" of some of the country's police officers.

    A diplomat said: “I am aware that China supports Nigeria for the INTERPOL presidency. Its position had not changed on Friday.

    “I think Nigeria has some of the best police officers in the world who can be the president of INTERPOL. Some countries look to the Nigerian Police as a whole and these excellent officers.

    “Regardless of the perception of the Nigerian police, the character and personality of the candidate is also more important. We cannot oppose Nigeria's offer. "

    Although the US government has not expressed its position, an investigator, Dr. Ted R. Bromund, gave an insight into "The US's top priority at the 2020 INTERPOL General Assembly meeting" .

    He said only qualified candidates from law-abiding democracies could be asked to fill positions.

    Bromund is a senior fellow in Anglo-American Relations at the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, the Kathryn and Shelby Cullon Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, at The Heritage Foundation.

    He said: “The 2020 General Assembly (GA) was supposed to be held in Uruguay, but earlier this year, without explanation or reference to Uruguay, Interpol declared that the meeting would take place in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates10 .This move was triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the move is nonetheless worrisome as it is the second time since 2018 that the GA has met in Abu Dhabi, a fact that points to the growing financial role and influence of the UAE in, Interpol.

    “The 2020 meeting of the Interpol General Assembly will likely be dominated by the election of a majority of the Interpol executive committee, including a new president.

    “The United States should work with other democratic nations to form a democratic group within INTERPOL to ensure that qualified candidates from law-abiding democracies fill these positions.

    “While the agenda for Interpol reform is broad, the United States must anticipate that the autocracies will make a particular attempt to win the Interpol presidency, and defeating that attempt, not reforming Interpol, will have to be the top priority in 2020.

    “Unless nations face consequences for abusing the privileges of belonging to Interpol, it will be impossible to protect Interpol from exploitation and abuse.

    “The United States should work beforehand with democratic nations to propose a GA resolution stating that Interpol has the power and responsibility to suspend access by abusive nations, and directing the Interpol General Secretariat to carry out a factual study (to be published before the 2021 General Assembly Meeting) on ​​which countries have submitted the most applications and the highest proportion of applications that it rejected as abusive.

    An INTERPOL report on the office reads in part: “The President of the Organization is elected by the General Assembly for a term of four years.

    “The INTERPOL Constitution requires that the President:

    ”Preside over the meetings of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee and direct the discussions;

    ”To ensure that the activities of the Organization are in accordance with the decisions of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee;

    Maintain, as far as possible, direct and constant contact with the Secretary General of the Organization. The role of president is part-time and unpaid, and the incumbent retains his full-time position within his national authority.

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