Stories from UNODC Nigeria

STRIVE Juvenile in Nigeria: the path towards enhanced national ownership

Abuja, 13-14 July 2021 - The European Union (EU), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Nigerian Governmental and Non-Governmental actors gathered on the occasion of the 1st National Roundtable (13 July) and the 1st Steering Committee Meeting (14 July) of the STRIVE Juvenile project in Nigeria.

During the National Roundtable, conducted by UNODC under the guidance of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), the participants discussed the findings of the Situation Analysis related to the issue of children recruitment and exploitation by terrorist and violent extremist groups. Representatives from more than 30  institutions, including the Office of the National Security Adviser, Federal Ministry of Justice and State Ministries of Justice Yobe and Adamawa states, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and State Ministries of Women Affairs, Yobe, Adamawa and Borno states, Nigerian Military, Nigerian Police Force, National Human Rights Commission, Nigeria Correctional Services, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs critically analysed the findings, provided additional information and highlighted the importance for strengthening national coordination to strengthen the prevention of children recruitment and exploitation, the rehabilitation and reintegration of children who have been recruited and exploited, and the security and justice responses. [Read More]

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UNODC collaborates with Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee to support retreat for the validation of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill

Abuja, 9 July, 2021- On the weekend of 12-13 June, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) invited representatives of the National Assembly's House Intelligence Security Committee, together with senior officials of the principal national security agencies, to a retreat in Calabar, Cross River State, to review proposed amendments to the draft Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill.

The new bill has been under consideration for several years, and UNODC is supporting the National Assembly to get it passed before the end of this parliamentary session. UNODC's engagement is part of its ongoing  European Union - Nigeria - UNODC - UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) partnership project to strengthen criminal justice measures for preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism, which is funded by the European Union.

The original draft bill dates back to 2017 when the Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno first sponsored a House Bill to make provisions for additional offences relating to terrorism, prohibit the financing of terrorism and consolidate all acts relating to terrorism and other related matters. The Hon. Monguno's initiative reflected a widespread belief that the existing Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2011 and Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 required further improvements to effectively prevent and respond to acts of terrorism and related offences.[Read More]

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