Boko Haram Attacks: United States Promise to Modernise Nigeria’s Security
Having identified several lapses in the Nigerian security system which has given the Islamic sect, Boko Haram unhindered bombings and killings in the northern part of the country, the United States of America (USA) on Tuesday gave its commitment to the development of operational capabilities in the nation’s security services.
Boko Haram in the past months had claimed responsibility for the bomb blasts which claimed many lives in several parts of the country.
The U. S Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs, Mr. William Fitzgerald read the joint communiqué at the end of a two- day Regional Security Cooperation Working Group meeting under the U.S-Nigeria Bi-National Commission (BNC) in Abuja.
According to him, the commitment covers repositioning the Nigeria security services to respond appropriately to security challenges and threats in the country.
The key areas of collaboration between the two countries, he said, include training, intelligence sharing, modernization of the security services and logistics.
Stressing that the technical sub-working group of the meeting will continue meeting in Abuja to explore development of a Nigerian intelligence fusion capability, Fitzgerald said the talks will be coordinated through the U.S Embassy in Abuja in conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant Nigerian Agencies.
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