STORY: AMISOM: NEW NIGERIAN POLICE OFFICERS ASSUME DUTY TRT: 3:13 SOURCE: AU/UN IST RESTRICTIONS: This media asset

is free for editorial broadcast, print, online and radio use. It is not to be sold on and is restricted for other purposes. All enquiries to news@auunist.org CREDIT REQUIRED: AU/UN IST LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/NATS DATELINE: 6 DECEMBER 2014 MOGADISHU, SOMALIA SHOTLIST: Shot List: 1. Wide Shot, Nigerian Formed Police Unit walking away from plane 2. Medium Shot, Nigerian Formed Police Unit walk away from plane 3. Close Up, Nigerian Formed Police Unit's boots as they walk away from the plane 4. Wide Shot, Nigerian Formed Police Unit officers assemble for a briefing 5. Medium Shot, Nigerian Formed Police Unit Senior Officer handing over the troops to Mustapha Alamutu, AMISOM Police Regional Commander 6. Close Up, to Mustapha Alamutu, AMISOM Police Regional Commander 7. Wide Shot, Nigerian Formed Police Unit listening to the briefing 8. Medium Up, Nigerian Formed Police Unit listen in 9. Close Up, to Mustapha Alamutu, AMISOM Police Regional Commander briefing the Nigerian Formed Police Unit 10. Medium Up, Nigerian Formed Police Unit during the briefing 11. Close up, Nigerian Formed Police Unit badge 12. SOUNDBITE (English), Mustapha Alamutu, AMISOM Police Regional Commander; “As is the tradition to welcome them to the mission theatre, we give them a little insight into the happenings around here, because obviously, they must have heard different news from various sources about the events over here. So we use this opportunity to allay their fears, if any. Naturally, they may wear gloomy faces. But with this welcome, at least they are rest assured. Somalia is not as bad as it is being portrayed and we are on the ground to maintain the peace.” 13. Wide Shot, Nigerian Formed Police Unit placing their luggage in the waiting truck 14. Medium Shot, Nigerian Formed Police Unit place baggage on to a truck 15. Close Up, Nigerian Formed Police Unit placing their luggage in the waiting truck 16. SOUNDBITE (English), Mustapha Alamutu, AMISOM Police Regional commander: “The mandate of the Formed Police Unit as regards to AMISOM, there are basically three but the primary one is to support the Somali Police in carrying out their activities; because we know the long period of crisis has made the

Somali Police lose touch with the current realities in policing, So it is our duty to assist them, guide on the current trend in policing. As the military wing of AMISOM and their counterparts in the Somali National Army (SNA) fight battles and gain territory, the need for a well-trained Police Force becomes important, to ensure that security is maintained in the liberated areas and peace prevails.” 17. Wide Shot, Nigerian Formed Police Unit collecting their body armor 18. Medium Shot, Members of the Nigerian Formed Police Unit pick body armor 19. Close Up, Nigerian Formed Police Unit put on their body armor 20. Medium Shot, the police officers try on their body armor 21. Wide Shot, Nigerian Formed Police Unit get into armored vehicles 22. Medium Shot, the officers getting into armored vehicle 23. Medium Shot, the police officers climb into armored vehicles 24. Close up. Nigerian Formed Police Unit officers getting into armored vehicle.

Script: Members of the Nigerian Formed Police Unit serving under the African Union in Somalia today completed their tour of duty while new officers assumed duty. The 70 men and women of the Special Police Unit, the first of its kind for an African Union Mission, have been in Somalia over the past one year, providing security and training the Somali Police Force. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony for the new officers, the AMISOM Regional Commander, Mustapha Alamutu sought to assure the incoming officers that the security situation in Somalia is not as volatile as often portrayed. “As is the tradition to welcome them to the mission theatre, we give them a little insight into the happenings around here, because obviously, they must have heard different news from various sources about the events over here. So we use this opportunity to allay their fears, if any. Naturally, they may wear gloomy faces. But with this welcome, at least they are rest assured. Somalia is not as bad as it is being portrayed and we are on the ground to maintain the peace,” he said. The AMISOM Police Unit which comprises of officers drawn from Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone and has the mandate to provide mentoring and advisory support to Somali Police Force on basic police duties, such as human rights observation, crime prevention strategies, community policing, search procedures and investigations. AMISOM police have so far conducted training and refresher courses for middle level officers, new recruits as well as running courses in traffic management and criminal investigation techniques. Over 4000 Somali Police officers have been trained in different categories of Police work by AMISOM police and its partners. The AMISOM Police Regional Commander Mustapha Alamutu says it’s a key objective of the force to ensure that their Somali counterparts are well versed with the practices of modern policing.

“The mandate of the Formed Police Unit as regards to AMISOM, there are basically three but the primary one is to support the Somali Police in carrying out their activities; because we know the long period of crisis has made the Somali Police lose touch with the current realities in policing, So it is our duty to assist them, guide on the current trend in policing. As the military wing of AMISOM and their counterparts in the Somali National Army (SNA) fight battles and gain territory, the need for a well-trained Police Force becomes important, to ensure that security is maintained in the liberated areas and peace prevails,” he notes. The Somali Police Force has capacity gaps and continues to rely heavily on support from AMISOM partners. The Formed Police Units are playing a crucial role in bridging this gap to improve security through mentoring and advisory support to the Somali Police Force on basic police duties such as human rights observation, crime prevention strategies, community policing and search procedures, among others. END

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