LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has paid tribute to Nigeria for contributing personnel to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
The West African country is among several Troop and Police Contributing Countries (T/PCCs) to the AMISOM.
PSC, the AU’s supreme security organ, paid tribute to all the AMISOM uniformed and civilian personnel, as well as the T/PCCs, namely: Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda for their continued commitment and the sacrifices made thus far.
The council expressed appreciation to the UN for its support to AMISOM, and stressed the need for continued efforts to enhance that support through the utilization of UN assessed contribution, bearing in mind that in deploying a mission in Somalia, the AU was acting on behalf of the UN Security Council.
Created by the PS in 2007, AMISOM has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, and aims at creating conditions conducive for long-term stabilisation and reconstruction of Somalia.
In 2010, Nigeria deployed its first police officers to Somalia. The first batch of Individual Police Officers (IPO) arrived to serve under the AMISOM umbrella.
The West African country has also deployed Formed Police Unit (FPU) to AMISOM currently based in Mogadishu. An FPU team comprises of 140 police formed Unit, the first to be deployed by the African Union.
AU meanwhile condemned in the strongest possible terms, the continuing attacks carried out by Al Shaabab terrorist group, including the recent attack on the Naso Hablod Hotel, in the busy KM-4 junction, in Southern Mogadishu, which resulted in at least 15 deaths including Buri Mohamed Hamza, Somalia State Minister for Environment.
– CAJ News