Counter Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism

Terrorism continues to pose a major threat to international peace and security and undermines the core values of the United Nations. Nigeria continues to face multiple challenges posed by various terrorist groups with devastating human cost, in terms of lives lost or permanently altered, internally displaced persons and immensely negative consequences for economic and social development.

Our work

Since 2011, UNODC has been providing support to the Nigerian Government and its various relevant ministries and agencies in effectively the 19 universal legal instruments against terrorism, along with the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions. The implementation of these conventions, protocols and resolutions is informed by the guidance provided by the  UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. UNODC works closely with the Nigerian government to strengthen rule of law-based criminal justice responses to terrorism. UNODC delivers capacity-building support to law enforcement officials, legal advisors, prosecutors, defence attorneys and judges; provides technical assistance to policy makers on the legal and policy framework related to terrorism, and works with local partners to prevent and counter violent extremism. 

Our partners

Key partners for UNODC's work in this area include, among others, the Nigerian Office of the National Security Adviser, the Federal Ministry of Justice, Department of State Services, Nigeria Police Force, the Federal High Court, the National Judicial Institute, the Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, as well as the Defence Headquarters.

Our projects

In April 2018, UNODC launched the Phase III,  Support for Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism and Violent Extremism, of the European Union funded partnership to support Nigeria to prevent and counter terrorism through human rights-compliant criminal justice measures against terrorism.

EU-Nigeria-UNODC-CTED Counter-Terrorism Programme (Phases I & II) funded by the European Union (2015 - 2018)