EU-Nigeria-UNODC-CTED Partnership Project III

Support for Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism and Violent Extremism


PROJECT DURATION: April 2018 - March 2021






The EU-Nigeria-UNODC-CTED Partnership Project III: Support for Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism and Violent Extremism is the third phase of the EU-UNODC partnership to support Nigeria to prevent and counter-terrorism through human rights-compliant criminal justice measures against terrorism. The programme focuses on further strengthening the capacity of Nigeria to effectively investigate, prosecute, and adjudicate terrorism offences, with respect for the rule of law and human rights, and to counter violent extremism.  This phase of the programme prioritizes support for Nigeria to deal with the unique terrorism-related criminal justice challenges in Northeast Nigeria, the region most affected by Boko Haram.  The project was designed and is being implemented in close consultation with Nigerian counterparts and will support the implementation of the Nigerian Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, which was adopted in 2017.



The global objective of the proposed action is to achieve a strengthened criminal justice system to address terrorism and violent extremism. The specific objectives are (a) to render the criminal justice system and its stakeholders more efficient, timely, transparent and accountable in dealing with terrorism cases, and (b) to render the criminal justice related implementation of the National Counter-Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST) and the Countering Violent Extremism Action Plan more effective and efficient.

The main outcome for strengthening criminal justice measures for counter-terrorism (CT) is that investigation, prosecution and adjudication of terrorism-related offences is more effective, evidence based, timely, transparent and accountable. To achieve it, the main activities designed are the follow :

  • Capacity building for effective investigation, prosecution and adjudication of terrorism offences;
  • Capacity building for human rights compliance in terrorism offences, related corruption cases (collusions and financial flows), and violent extremism, including gender dimensions;
  • Legal assistance for strengthening the national legislation against terrorism;


On the other hand, the main outcome for strengthening criminal justice measures related to countering violent extremism (CVE) is that mechanisms for effective countering violent extremism measures are reinforced developing the following activities:

  • Capacity building and policy support for strengthening criminal justice measures for countering violent extremism;
  • Capacity building and policy assistance to strengthen preventive criminal justice measures related to radicalization and violent extremism;


The final beneficiaries of the Action are the victims of terrorism, including in particular the most vulnerable groups such as women and children, and the population of the regions of Nigeria most affected by terrorist activity. The additional beneficiaries and national stakeholders entities are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Assembly, the National Human Rights Commission, the Nigerian Prisons Service, the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Intelligence Agency, the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Aviation & related agencies, the Federal Ministry of Education, the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, the National Orientation Agency, the Civil society organizations working the field of women's rights and child protection

The programme will partner with the Office of National Security Adviser, Department of State Services, Federal Ministry of Justice, Federal High Court, National Judicial Institute, Nigerian Bar Association, Nigeria Police Force, and Nigerian military, amongst others, to deliver in-depth training, on-going advisory support and to promote mechanisms for enhanced inter-agency collaboration and coordination on counter-terrorism matters.


UNODC's Global Counter-Terrorism Assistance Programme

The Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the key United Nations entity with the mandate and expertise to deliver counter-terrorism legal technical assistance to Member States for strengthening capacity for rule of law-based investigation, prosecution and adjudication of terrorism offences as well as for the ratification, legislative incorporation and implementation of the international legal instruments against terrorism. Specifically the Branch works to:

  • Promote the ratification of the  19 international legal instruments against terrorism
  • Support the drafting and review of national legislation in order to incorporate the provisions of these international legal instruments;
  • Build the capacity of national criminal justice officials to implement these provisions; and
  • Support regional and international cooperation in criminal matters pertaining to counter-terrorism, especially mutual legal assistance and extradition.


Results of the EU-Nigeria-UNODC-CTED Counter-Terrorism Programme  (Phases I & II, 2015-2018): 

  • Over 100 training workshops and work sessions carried out since 2013, reaching out to some 1,750 Nigerian officials across 33 agencies
  • In-depth training courses for 105 prosecutors, 40 legal advisers, 124 investigators and 21 federal judges and staff, providing them with enhanced skills and knowledge to facilitate a transition from confession-based to evidence-based prosecution of terrorism cases;
  • Establishment of cadres of Nigerian trainers on human rights, adjudication, and investigation of terrorism cases following intensive train-the-trainers courses held by UNODC. Trained officials are actively delivering training expertise at follow-on training activities;
  • Development of a set of training modules on human rights compliance and criminal justice approaches to terrorism, produced in partnership with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), providing a training curriculum for use by one of the key Nigerian criminal justice education institutes;
  • 286 Nigerian criminal justice officials, including defense attorneys, provided with human rights training utilizing the new human rights modules, strengthening their ability to apply constitutional fundamental rights and international human rights law in their work;
  • Support initiated which addresses the unique challenges of integrating gender dimensions in the fight against terrorism, with the inclusion of focused training segments and the development of Nigeria-specific training manual;
  • At the request of the Office of the National Security Advisor, on-going support provided for the development of strategies for screening, prosecuting, rehabilitating and reintegrating persons associated with Boko Haram. Support was also provided in developing an Action Plan for Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism in Northeast Nigeria endorsed by the Government of Nigeria in December 2017, which supports implementation of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism;
  • Legislative advisory services provided for a new Prevention and Prohibition of Terrorism Bill, currently being considered by the National Assembly to replace the Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011, as amended in 2013. Legislative assistance was also provided for the review of the civil aviation provisions, submitted to the National Assembly.



Periodical updates on key project events and news highlights on UNODC's Terrorism Prevention Branch are available  here. 



United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Terrorism Prevention Branch

Fernanda Lombardi

Project Manager

Tel: +43 1 26060 4357