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Nigeria deploys 140 policemen on peacekeeping mission in Guinea- Bissau

(Xinhua)

08:20, June 11, 2012

ABUJA, June 10 (Xinhua) -- Nigeria has deployed 140 police personnel in Guinea-Bissau on peacekeeping mission, a statement by the police authorities said Sunday.

The statement said the personnel were drawn from the Formed Police Unit (FPU) in the force, adding that they were supported by modern crime fighting and peacekeeping equipment, including five Amoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), 12 patrol vehicles, arms and ammunition and crowd control equipment.

"The deployment is in fulfilment of Nigeria's pledge and commitment to assist the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in restoring rule of law and general orderliness in Guinea-Bissau and ECOWAS sub-region," the police authorities said.

According to the statement, the contingent was equipped to be self-sustaining in terms of food rations and medical equipment and accompanied by a team of medical personnel comprising two doctors and six nurses.

The deployment to Guinea-Bissau brings to nine the number of countries where Nigerian police officers are currently serving in international peacekeeping operations.

The other countries where Nigeria had been on a peacekeeping mission include Liberia, Haiti, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Timor- Leste, Cote D'Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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