UNODC organizes a training workshop on intelligence sharing and judicialization to prevent and counter terrorism in Togo

KPALIMÉ, TOGO: The Terrorism Prevention Branch of the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (TPB-ROSEN) supported the Togolese government by holding a national training workshop on the "sharing and judicialization of intelligence to prevent and counter terrorism”.

This activity was organized as part of the support program for the West Africa Working Group (WAWG) of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF) funded by Germany. It was held in Kpalimé from 23 to 25 May 2022 and was attended by 30 participants from various national entities involved in counterterrorism. Representatives of the Interdepartmental Committee for the Prevention and Fight against Violent Extremism (CIPLEV) were also present.

Discussions focused on the new configuration of the terrorist threat in the Sahel and its expansion to the countries of the Gulf of Guinea, but also on the risks faced by the Republic of Togo considering the recent terrorist attacks in the north of the country, in the Savanes region, on the border with Burkina Faso. In this regard, the need to adapt the legislation implemented by the country to counter terrorism was stressed. Participants therefore called for the establishment of specialized judicial and investigation units to deal with terrorism cases.

Participants in this activity were also able to discuss challenges and best practices in intelligence sharing and forensics in Togo and the sub-region. Topics such as the execution of letters rogatory, border security management, the role of financial intelligence and judicial cooperation were presented and discussed.

In this context, Dr. Amado Philip de Andrés, UNODC Regional Director for West and Central Africa, stated: “It is essential to train law enforcement and judicial actors and to foster their cooperation to facilitate the sharing and judicialization of intelligence to prevent and counter terrorism effectively”

Participants highlighted relevance of the activity and expressed their willingness to participate in other similar capacity building activities to gain more knowledge and thereby be more skilled to address the issue of terrorism and violent extremism.