EAPCCO and CAPCCO member states agree on legal framework to fight transnational crimes

Representatives from Eastern African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO) and the Central African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (CAPCCO) have agreed on legal framework and strong cooperation in combating transnational crimes.

This comes after two-day deliberations bringing together members from the two INTERPOL African Regional Bureaus in a joint meeting that ended on 22 August, 2019 in Kigali. The cooperation agreement highlights near flawless exchange of information, cross border operations, extradition of suspects and mutual legal assistance in a smoother, faster and more coordinated manner, among others.  

At the opening of the meeting, Rwanda Investigation Bureau’s Deputy Secretary General who was also the Chief Guest, highlighted the need for law enforcement agencies to change the approach and forge high level of cooperation if they are to succeed in fighting cross border crimes.

“In recent years, transnational crimes have been increasing and are organized in sophisticated ways, therefore handling them calls for our change of mindset, approach and high level of cooperation.” said RIB Deputy Secretary General.

“This agreement will enhance cooperation through exchange of information, joint operation, extradition and mutual legal assistance. If done efficiently, I have no doubt that it will help us preserve peace and stability in our respective countries,” added the Deputy Secretary General.

The cooperation agreement is expected to be ratified in Tanzania next month for the EAPCCO member states and November 2019 in Gabon, for the CAPCCO member states.

Both Gideon Kimilu, the Head of Interpol Regional Bureau in Nairobi, and his counterpart from the Yaoundé Regional Bureau, Michel Koua lauded members representing the two regions for the fruitful deliberations in ensuring security and the safety of people in both regions.

Participants were from Kenya, Comoros, Cameroon, Sudan, South Sudan, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Ethiopia. Others were from Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Uganda, Congo Brazzaville, Chad, Djibouti, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Tanzania.


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