There were strong indications on Saturday that Nigeria stands the risk of forfeiting its bid for the office of the President of International Police, INTERPOL on account of #EndSARS and police brutality.
According to The Nation report, some big powers are said to be opposed to the slot for Nigeria although lobbying for the top position for Nigeria is continuing. China is said to be strongly backing Nigeria in the quest for the position.
Recall that INTERPOL has 194 member-countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, Canada, Japan, United Arab Emirates, Australia and Saudi Arabia among others.
The tenure of the incumbent, Kim Jong Yang, is due to end this year having been elected in 2018.
Yang is completing the tenure of Mr. Meng Hongwei who resigned in 2018.
The next election is scheduled for December during the General Assembly of INTERPOL in Abu Dhabi (UAE).
Member nations are said to be eagerly awaiting the election and likely reforms of the organization.
Nigeria’s bid for the post has intensified in the past few months with members calling for input at different levels.
It was gathered that the input includes the profiling of the activities and the assessment of the police force of whatever country seeking the office.
However, findings confirmed that some of the big powers have “not been favourable” to the candidature of Nigeria.
Although many top police officers have excelled during INTERPOL and some Peacekeeping operations, it was learnt that the larger picture of the “perception of Nigeria Police Force,” might affect the nation’s chances.