Nigerian Policewoman, CSP Ugorji wins UN award

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Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Nigerian policewoman on foreign mission in Mali, CSP Ugorji, has been honoured by the United Nations in recognition of her selfless service.
CSP Ugorji, serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), was selected by the United Nations as one of two runners-up for the prestigious UN Police Officer of the Year award for 2020.
“Through both her words and actions, United Nations Police Officer Ugorji exemplifies the best of United Nations policing,” said Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix.
Only 21 of the 1,300 UN policewomen deployed in UN peacekeeping operations were said to have been nominated for the award with Ugorji emerging among the top three.
The year’s winner, Chief Inspector Doreen Malambo of Zambia, who serves with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), is billed to receive the award during a virtual ceremony presided over by Mr. Lacroix on November 3.
Superintendent Rebecca Nnanga of Cameroon, serving with the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), is the other runner-up.
Congratulating Ugorji for emerging as a runner-up, UN Police Advisor Luis Carrilho, said: “MINUSMA United Nations Police Officer Ugorji’s leadership of three Formed Police Units in Gao has been remarkable, and Catherine (Ugorji) has introduced tactical operations that have been instrumental in reducing crime in the area, in support of the Malian security forces and the host population.
“In addition to this very demanding role, Chief Superintendent Ugorji has worked diligently to improve living conditions for women police so they can serve safely and with dignity.”
Deployed to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in 2018, Ugorji was said to have demonstrated exemplary conduct throughout her deployment in Mali where she serves as a Formed Police Unit (FPU) Coordinator in Gao.
She has been liaising and coordinating with local authorities and to finalise United Nations Police operations to reassure the population in the conduct of normal activities in an area of due to the incursion of terrorist and armed groups.
She is commended for her work to extend the outreach of the FPU to the Ansongo area, close to the Mali-Niger-Burkina Faso border area, where terrorists and spoilers of the Malian peace agreement are increasing their influence.
Her support for joint operations between the Malian police, gendarmerie and National Guard was said to have helped to ensure the security of the local population. Ugorji herself was quoted as saying that she was eager to continue enhancing safety in Gao once COVID-19 related restrictions were lifted.
Ugorji joined the Nigerian Police in 2003, and has served as Criminal Investigator from the local to regional level, Child Protection Officer, Divisional Crime Officer up to Acting Deputy of the Ogudu Police Division in Lagos.
Her other UN deployment was with the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) from 2006-2007, where she served as a planning officer for FPU operations.
The UN Woman Police Officer of the Year award was established in 2011 to recognise the exceptional contributions of female police officers to UN peacekeeping and to promote the empowerment of women.
The award carries even greater significance this year, given the 20th anniversary of resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.