The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has selected Chief Superintendent Catherine Ugorji of the Nigerian Police Force as one of the two runners-up for the award of UN Police Officer of the Year, 2020.
The UN Police Officer of the Year was established in 2011 to create role models for women peacekeepers and in recognition of their contributions on the ground in conflict zones, according to the United Nations Police (UNPOL).
Twenty-one policewomen were nominated for the award out of the 1,300 policewomen who were deployed for peacekeeping operations in the country.
Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the UN Secretary-General for Peace Operations, said Ugorji’s actions and words “exemplify the best of the United Nations policing”.
The UN Police Adviser, Luis Carrilho, also described Ugorji’s leadership of the three police units in Gao as remarkable.
“In addition to this very demanding role, Chief Superintendent Ugorji has worked diligently to improve living conditions for women police officers so they can serve safely and with dignity,” he added.
Ugorji joined the Nigerian Police Force in 2003 and served as a Criminal Investigator, Child Protection Officer, Divisional Crime Officer and Acting Deputy Commander of the Ogudu Police Division, Lagos.
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