PRESS RELEASE

Japan partners with UNODC to tackle multidimensional security threats in north-eastern Nigeria

ABUJA, 18 May 2015. Nigeria has faced serious multi-dimensional security threats over the past years, resulting from the vulnerability of its land borders in the north-east to insurgency, terrorist activities, trafficking, and other forms of organized crime. This has made border control with neighboring countries a daunting task.

In February 2015, the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzo ABE, stated that "Japan will never give in to terrorism" and "Japan will steadfastly fulfil its responsibility in the international community combating terrorism". Therefore, the Government of Japan decided to extend non-military assistance for  the project "Strengthening National Response to Security Threats through Enhanced Border Control in Nigeria", which aims capacity building for counter terrorism through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

To strengthen the capacity of border control officers to better secure the country's borders with neighboring countries, the Government of Japan is contributing to tackling multidimensional security threats in the north-eastern region of Nigeria through a grant of USD 450,000 to UNODC. The grant, which was provided to UNODC in March 2015, is for a 10-month project that will contribute to Nigeria's response to security threats in the north-east and enable border security agencies to remain in control in spite of the increasing sophistication and know-how among criminal networks.

Through this project, UNODC will be training selected border control officers from five key Nigerian law enforcement agencies-Nigeria  Immigration Service, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Customs Service, Department of State Security, and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency-in modern techniques for investigation and surveillance. The training will also be extended to selected prosecutors from the Federal Ministry of Justice, personnel from the Office of the National Security Adviser, and selected border control officers from neighboring countries of Benin, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

The project will equip the security officers with modern techniques that will enable them to be ahead in their efforts to prevent the activities of criminal gangs along the borders. It is expected to contribute to the enhancement of cooperation and coordination among law enforcement agencies at border posts, exchange of intelligence among agencies, regional and international cooperation for case management and referral in joint border control, and mutual legal assistance and extradition in response to security threats.

Over the years, UNODC has been supporting the Nigerian Government in its efforts to increase effectiveness of the response to trafficking and organized crime. It has contributed to efforts to strengthen Nigeria's criminal justice responses to multidimensional security threats, especially by strengthening national capacity to investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate cases, in accordance with the rule of law and human rights. The current project will build upon the expertise of UNODC in implementing a series of successful national, regional, and global programs to combat trafficking and transnational organized crime.

For more information, please contact:
Chizoba Chine

Telephone: +234 701 683 9227+234 701 683 9227, + 234 814 732 9419

E-mail: chizoba.chine@unodc.org

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