NISS, UNODC gather law enforcement and security sector agencies to review transnational organized crime threat assessment for Nigeria (NOCTA)

Niger State, 24-26 May 2022 – Representatives of 13 Government agencies, departments and Ministries joined the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) and UNODC for the review of the draft Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment for Nigeria (NOCTA).

The workshop marked the culmination of two years of intensive work to develop an analysis on current and emerging trends related to transnational organized crime connected to Nigeria. Based on extensive field research the draft report features chapters dedicated to cultism; maritime crime; kidnapping and armed robbery; illicit drug trafficking; trafficking in persons; smuggling of migrants; and wildlife and forest crime. The principal purpose of the NOCTA is to expand the evidence base related to these crime phenomena to help both policy makers and practitioners to better understand the illicit markets, the criminal operators and their methods. Once finalized, the NOCTA will enable Government to identify more accurately the threats, prioritize resources, develop and refine strategies, all to improve the effectiveness of crime prevention and the criminal justice response to transnational organized crime in Nigeria. 

During the workshop, over 30 Government representatives together with senior experts from NISS and UNODC reviewed the various chapters of the draft enriching the findings of the NOCTA and starting to identify specific policy implications and possible recommendations. In doing so, experts drew on the recently launched UNODC Organized Crime Strategy Toolkit for Developing High-Impact Strategies.

Over the past decades, Nigerian transnational organized crime has evolved structurally, grown more sophisticated and become both more violent and better organized. Transnational organized crime affects Nigeria’s people and economy. Its evolution continuous to be fuelled by a youth unemployment and poverty, porous borders, and a sometimes overburdened criminal justice system. While Nigeria has created a legal framework, established specialized law enforcement agencies, and gradually developed investigative and prosecutorial capacities as well as international cooperation arrangements to counter various forms of transnational organized crime, the present approach suffers from institutional fragmentation and imperfect domestic coordination. The NOCTA constitutes a critical element of UNODC’s Strategic Vision for Nigeria and aims to help Nigeria protecting its people, the economy and the environment from transnational organized crime.


Further information

Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa: A Threat Assessment

Organized Crime Strategy Toolkit for Developing High-Impact Strategies

UNODC Strategic Vision for Nigeria 2030