International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) has commended Nigeria and certain West African nations, for playing crucial roles in the recovery of over € 2 million linked to several organised crime syndicates across the world.
INTERPOL President, Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi disclosed this on Monday at the 4th edition of the Conference and Retreat of Senior Police Officers at Owerri in Imo State, South East Nigeria.
“Operation Jackal which took place in May of this year tackled West African based organsised crime groups like Black Axe to recover over 2 million Euros,” he said.
The INTERPOL crackdown tagged “Operation Jackal” organised between 15 and 29 May, 2023 mobilised police forces, financial crime units, and cybercrime agencies across 21 countries around the world to deliver a targeted strike against Black Axe and similar West African organised crime groups.
Al-Raisi also stated that more than 200 bank accounts linked to the illicit proceeds of online financial crime were blocked during the operation and several kingpins arrested whose crime networks are considered a serious global security threat.
According to the INTERPOL chief, Nigeria’s strategic position has been a hotbed for crime syndicates seeking to expand their domain.
“Nigeria’s geostrategic location has attracted organised criminal groups who often snuggle illicit goods, who often use Nigeria as a stepping stone to reach other continents.”
Speaking further on Nigeria’s integral part in foiling criminal activities across the continent, Al-Raisi said human smuggling rings in West Africa have been neutralized and hundreds of migrants have been rescued while over 1009 arrests have been made worldwide.