Some members of the Nigerian police force had been deployed to Somalia to help to maintain peace and order in the nation.
They were 136 policemen in all.
They were all awarded medals of excellence to mark the end of their duty tour in Somalia.
The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) made the statement yesterday in Abuja.
“The officers were awarded medals at a ceremony presided over by the Deputy Special Police Commissioner of AMISOM.
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“Somali Police Commissioner Gen Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud was also present, with a delegation of Somali officials.”
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission in Somalia, Lydia Wanyoto, FG for supporting the peace process in Somalia.
She also expressed gratitude to the Somali Security Forces present at the ceremony for recognizing the Nigerian contribution.
“I want to thank you for the services you have provided.
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“Thank you for being here in Somalia, for volunteering to assist the people in Somalia,” she said.
The Somali Police Commissioner, Gen. Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Hamud, also commended the Nigerian police contingent.
“You have been good ambassadors.
“Somalia will not forget Nigeria standing side-by-side with Somali people and the Federal Government,” Hamud said.
The contingent is the fifth Formed Police Unit from Nigeria to serve in Somalia under AMISOM.
They will be replaced by a new police contingent from Nigeria to continue the duty.