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Insecurity: FG seeks US assistance on training of security personnel

BY SONI DANIEL & VICTORIA OJEME

…As UK donates forensic tools to EFCC
ABUJA—The Federal Government yesterday called on the United States government to assist Nigeria in capacity building for the country’s enforcement agencies, especially training programmes in the area of intelligence gathering.

The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Martin Uhomoibhi, who made the appeal at the second session of the Regional Security Cooperation Working Group meeting of Nigeria-US Bi-National Commission, BNC, in Abuja, also called on the international community to assist the country overcome the present security challenges in the country.

He said: “We will continue to build on the success of several ongoing programmes between the two countries as we implore the United States government to offer capacity building support to our enforcement agencies as well as specialized training programmes in the area of intelligence gathering.”

Uhomoibhi said with the establishment of BNC, the meeting of the security working group should be reinforced by intimate consultations through intelligence sharing and military cooperation in the area of research and development of military equipment.

UK donates forensic tools to EFCC

ABUJA—Fraudulent Nigerians may be in for a tough time, as the British government, yesterday, released some vital forensic equipment to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to aid the fight against soaring graft in Nigeria.

The donation of the forensic tools is in furtherance of the strategic partnership between the EECC and the United Kingdom’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, SOCA.

The equipment, according to a statement by the EFCC Spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, were handed over at a ceremony at the EFCC headquarters in Abuja by Oliver Blake, Team Leader, Governance and Social Development, UK Department for International Development, DFID, to the new Secretary of the commission, Adegboyega Aremo.

Speaking before the presentation, Blake highlighted the importance of IT equipment in combating criminal activities. The equipment, according to him, will improve EFCC’s forensic capabilities.


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