Lagos - The International Criminal Police
Organization (Interpol) says it has unearthed criminal activities
following an operation to strengthen border controls along the Abidjan-Lagos
It has confiscated drugs, stolen cars, currency, firearms
and fake travel documents
This is in addition to arrests for migrant smuggling.
Six children thought to have been trafficked for child
labour have been rescued.
Officials said the ten-day (26 January – 4 February)
Operation Adwenpa saw more than 100 officers deployed to ten air and land
border control points across five countries ‒ Benin, Côte d’Ivoire,
Ghana, Nigeria and Togo – to conduct additional security checks against
Two men who were the subject of INTERPOL Red Notices were
identified – a Ghanaian national wanted by Brazil for drug trafficking was
taken into custody at the Ghana/Cote d’Ivoire border, and a French national
wanted for fraud and embezzlement by Benin was arrested at Abidjan’s
Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International Airport.
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A Ghanaian man attempting to smuggle two migrants into
Togo using counterfeit travel documents was arrested, and at the Nigeria/Benin
border six child victims aged between 13 and 17 who were suspected of being
trafficked for labour exploitation were handed into the care of national
Nearly 900 kg of narcotics were seized including cocaine,
cannabis, methamphetamine and khat.
Searches against INTERPOL’s database of stolen motor
vehicles led to the recovery of seven vehicles which had been stolen in Canada,
France, Germany and Italy.
Smuggled bulk cash, gold ingots and jewellery worth more
than US$ 1million were also seized, as well as nearly 80 kg of trafficked ivory
and a number of counterfeit passports.
Operation Adwenpa marks the final activity of the
two-year Capacity Building Programme to Strengthen Border Management in West
Africa, supported by the Government of Canada.
Anti-Operation Adwenpa shows the range of activities in
which organized crime is involved, and law enforcement cannot look at different
crime types in isolation, Michael O’Connell, INTERPOL’s Director of Operational
Support and Analysis, said.
“This exercise also demonstrates the importance of using
INTERPOL’s global policing capabilities, to share information and cooperate
- CAJ News