March 22, 2021(Nyamilepedia) — The South Sudan National Police Service (SSNPS) and the Ethiopian Federal Police Commission have signed a memorandum of understanding, committing the two countries to tackle cross border crimes jointly.
The MoU, signed in Juba, covers areas of human trafficking, smuggling and information sharing between the police forces of the two countries.
“As the Ethiopian Federal Police, we believe we should strengthen our institutional cooperation, especially in the area of security.” Ethiopian Federal Police Commissioner General Demelash Gebremichael said.
“East Africa is facing the challenges of border conflict, road conflict, terrorism, migration, and violence which have become major threats to the peace and security of the region,” Gen. Demelash continued.
He said that the police institutions from the two countries must preserve the safety and security of their respective people.
“The MoU we are signing today plays a vital role in strengthening peace and security within the region. Our priority is creating sustainable peace and security within the area,” Gen. Gabremichael added.
According to Gen. Gabremichael the two countries agree to exchange information associated with trans-border organized crimes to crack them down.
“As it is in this agreement, we will be working by the exchange of information associated with trans-border organized crimes. We will conduct joint investigations on crimes connected to the safety of both countries, human trafficking, and we will exchange fugitive criminals,” he added.
On his part, General Majak Akec Malo described the event as a milestone that will see the two countries moving forward.
“On behalf of SSNPS, today is a milestone that we are boosting and moving forward with the cooperation and coordination between SSNPS and the police of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. It is the first time for the two institutions to have an MoU signed here in Juba,” Gen. Akec said.
Excited, Gen. Akec promised that his country’s police department will fully implement their share in letter and spirit.
“This is very important and historical. As SSNPS, we will be committed to implementing what has been signed in the MoU and we shall translate what is in the MoU into an agreement,” he added.