International Police (Interpol) and Crime Control in the West African Sub-Region

  • Abia, Offiong Timothy Department of History and International Studies University of Calabar, Nigeria
  • Ekong, Samuel Afia Department of History and International Studies University of Uyo
Keywords: Interpol; trans-border crime; West Africa

Abstract

This article is concerned with one of the structures put in place to coordinate security initiatives
at both the international and regional levels with emphasis on the West African sub-region.
Crimes across international borders constitute a threat to peace and security among different
people and countries of the world. Interpol – the International Criminal Police Organization
exists to facilitate the cooperation of the criminal police forces of more than 125 countries in
their fight against international crime. Using the Multi-Disciplinary approach, the article
highlights the contributions of Interpol in exposing the illegal importation of Beninese children
into Nigeria for illegal gains through smuggling and human trafficking; as well as the activities
of an international robbery gang in Benin Republic, specialized in snatching cars across
international borders.

Author Biographies

Abia, Offiong Timothy, Department of History and International Studies University of Calabar, Nigeria

Department of History and International Studies
University of Calabar

Ekong, Samuel Afia, Department of History and International Studies University of Uyo

Department of History and International Studies
University of Uyo

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