Twenty students from Nigeria’s Institute for Security Studies currently in Rwanda on a study tour, visited Rwanda National Police (RNP) at the General Headquarters in Kacyiru.
The students headed by the Institute’s Deputy Director of Studies, Dr. A. M Wali Fsi, were received by the RNP leadership.
While addressing the students, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Emmanuel K. Gasana said that in countering security challenges “people-centred policing became our preferred choice to empower the citizenry to own their security.”
“Through community policing, various groups like anti-crime clubs, community policing committees, youth volunteers in community policing, anti-crime ambassadors composed mainly of local artistes and journalists, Police ambassadors as well as partnership with government and private institutions and faith-based organizations, have played crucial roles in raising awareness against crime, information sharing on planned crime or people behind certain crimes, and have greatly facilitated police operations and in bringing offenders to justice,” IGP Gasana said.
While reacting on Rwanda’s contribution to international peace—another area of focus for the students—the Police Chief said that the though it is the responsibility of every member state of the UN to participate in international peace activities, “Rwanda’s participation is mainly motivated by the political will due to our past history that culminated into the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, and the failure by the international community to intervene and prevent the situation.”
Rwanda which has over 7000 police and military peacekeepers in all missions is ranked by the UN as the 3rd highest contributor, but ranked 2nd highest Police contributing country after Senegal.
“What we have done and intend to do is because of the good and serious leadership, having a sense of urgency and the urge for a dignified life,” IGP Gasana said.
The students were also given an insight into the force’s five year crime reduction strategy that runs through 2023 and defining the role of each stakeholder in policing.
DR. Wali commended Rwanda’s efforts towards transformation.
“We are here for our foreign study tour and specifically to look at how Rwanda does its things. There are things we definitely have to learn; we are delighted that despite your challenges you were able to overcome them very quickly,” DR. Wali said.
He added, “Rwanda went through the tragic history of genocide but you can see you picked up so quickly as if nothing happened. Everyone can see these achievements attained in this short period, and this is the main attraction and that’s why we chose to come to Rwanda to learn all this.”