Stories from UNODC Nigeria

Strengthening the criminal justice response to terrorism and violent extremism

Abuja, 21 October 2021- On 21 October the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, working in close partnership with the European Union Delegation and the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), launched a User's Guide to the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 (TPA) as amended by the Terrorism (Prevention) (Amendment) Act, 2013 (TPAA) for use by law enforcement, security and judicial officials in their work to counter terrorism in Nigeria.

The materials assembled by UN and Nigerian experts for the User's Guide are designed to serve as a quick and practical reference work for investigators, prosecutors, public defenders and judges working in this complex field. The Guide sets out clearly the elements of each offence and the evidential standards that must be met to successfully secure a conviction under the provisions of the Act. It also explains in detail all of the ancillary powers set out in the Act.

Within the context of the EU-Nigeria-UNODC-CTED Partnership Project to Assist Nigeria to Strengthen Rule of Law-based Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism and Violent Extremism, UNODC has been actively supporting the work of the Complex Case Group of the Federal Ministry of Justice to help prosecutors prepare cases against suspected members of Boko Haram currently held in custody that can be presented before the Federal High Court. It has also been working with the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria (LACON) to ensure that these defendants have opportunity to mount a proper defence, and with the judges of the Federal High Court who will adjudicate these cases. Promoting further legal education is an important aspect of this support.

 

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