INTERPOL Acknowledges Nigeria's Role in €2M Organised Crime Crackdown - The Top Society

INTERPOL Acknowledges Nigeria’s Role in €2M Organised Crime Crackdown

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Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi, President of the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL), has lauded the critical contribution of Nigeria and neighboring West African nations in dismantling global organized crime syndicates.

Revealing the accomplishment during the 4th Conference and Retreat of Senior Police Officers in Imo state’s Owerri on Monday, Al-Raisi highlighted the recovery of over € 2 million associated with various criminal networks.

The extensive crackdown, known as “Operation Jackal,” took place between May 15 and 29, 2023, with the collaboration of law enforcement agencies, financial crime units, and cybercrime authorities across 21 countries. The operation targeted the notorious Black Axe and similar criminal groups in West Africa.

“Operation Jackal which took place in May of this year tackled West African based organsised crime groups like Black Axe to recover over 2 million Euros,” he said.

Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi, President of INTERPOL

Notably, over 200 bank accounts linked to online financial crimes were frozen during the operation, while numerous high-ranking members of these crime networks were apprehended, underscoring the gravity of the global security threat posed by their activities.

Al-Raisi emphasized Nigeria’s pivotal role in the fight against these criminal networks, emphasizing the country’s vulnerability to expansion-seeking crime syndicates due to its strategic position.

“Nigeria’s geostrategic location has attracted organised criminal groups who often snuggle illicit goods, who often use Nigeria as a stepping stone to reach other continents.”

He further outlined the successful neutralization of human smuggling rings in West Africa, leading to the rescue of hundreds of migrants. Moreover, the operation resulted in over 1009 arrests worldwide, reflecting the substantial impact of INTERPOL’s collaborative efforts in combating transnational crime.

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