UK to help Nigeria fight terrorism and other crimes

The UK is committed to supporting Nigeria in the fight against the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram terrorists.

The UK and Nigeria also affirmed their commitment to deepen their partnership in the face of complex and evolving global threats, including human trafficking, serious and organized crime, drug trafficking, cybercrime and piracy.

This was in a statement released after the inaugural UK-Nigeria security and defense partnership dialogue, held in London from January 31 to February 2.

According to the joint statement issued by Britain’s National Security Adviser, Sir Stephen Lovegrove, and Nigeria’s National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Ret’d), the two countries agreed to enhance the existing cooperation by civil police matters; approaches to stabilization, including civilian-led security and civil-military cooperation; human rights; women and youth, peace and security; defense cooperation and maritime security; serious and organized crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking and border security; and the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

The dialogue affirmed the importance of the role of the Nigerian police as the primary security actor responsible for enforcing national law, maintaining peace and ensuring a peaceful society.

The UK is also committed to continued support for the work of the Lake Chad Basin Regional Stabilization Facility to improve civil-military cooperation in the North East and wider Lake Chad Basin region, including through the provision of expert assistance.

He said he would continue his support for community-led security and peacebuilding in northeastern Nigeria.

He added that Nigeria and the UK reiterated their common understanding and commitment to protecting human rights for all, including victims of conflict.

The two countries also pledged to continue working in partnership to combat illicit financial flows, terrorism and violent extremism.

The UK also offered to share its knowledge on terrorist financing, cross-border movement and illegal movement of small arms and light weapons.

For his part, Monguno said the agreements would deepen and improve collaboration on security and defense to create a safe and secure environment for all citizens to prosper.

The next Security and Defense Dialogue is scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2023.

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