The U.S. Government has promised to send personnel of its Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, and other security experts to assist Nigeria in its counter terrorism operations.
The promise was made in Abuja on Monday by Alan Tousignant, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria, who led a team of security experts on a courtesy visit to the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau.
The envoy said the team, made up of a team of the U.S Security Governance Initiative, SGI, was in the country at the request of the Nigerian government to provide a holistic security technical assistance and not to donate any equipment.
The SGI is an initiative of the U.S. Government that offers enhanced security technical assistance to six African countries, including Nigeria.
Tousignant said the SGI delegation and the Nigerian security agencies would work to provide a roadmap for better efficiency, transparency and justice in Nigeria’s security system.
The Team leader, Stephen Nolan, said the partnership with the Nigerian security authorities is expected to come up with a document, the Joint Country Action Plan, JCAP, a document that outlined a roadmap for a successful partnership.
He assured that the forthcoming elections in the U.S and the change of government in January 2017 would not affect the project as they had been working hard to ensure its sustenance.
“I want to assure you that we have been working for the continuity and sustainability of this project, even after the Obama administration in January, 2017,’’ he said.
The Interior Minister, Dambazau, commended the delegation for the visit, adding that he believes that the partnership would re-position Nigeria’s security system.
He urged all the security personnel taking part in the exercise to be committed to the task ahead.
The Nigeria Police Force, Army, Air Force, Navy, Immigration, Prisons, Civil Defence and Fire Service were all part of the meeting.