IGP appointed President of ECOWAS Police Chiefs

Ghana’s Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Alhassan has been appointed President of Inspector General of Police in the ECOWAS sub-region.

The announcement was made in Lome, Togo, where ECOWAS Security Chiefs are holding a meeting.

Mr. Alhassan will lead the police chiefs in West Africa for the next two years after his Ivorian colleague, Bredou Mbia.

Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng reports Saturday October 11, issues of terrorism, cross-border crime and the deadly Ebola disease are taking a center stage at the ongoing ECOWAS security chiefs meeting which is also chaired by Ghana’s Interior Minister Mark Woyongo.

“It only means a lot of responsibilities to be able to coordinate activities of the various police services within the sub-region,” Mr. Alhassan told Seth.

“As a chairman, there are issues that are dearest to all that I intend expending my energy [on] in order that we can have effective strategies to deal with common problems [that threaten security and stability] of the sub-region,” he added.

In other developments, Mr. Mark Woyongo has called on all member states not to hide information from each other if they could achieve their goals.

He said: “The increasing challenges militating against regional peace and stability” call for the need for member countries to “present an effective mechanism for regional integration in the area of security and crime”.