NCTC national coordinator harps on collective action to end terrorism, organised crimes

In the quest by the Nigerian government to secure durable peace and safe haven for the citizenry, National Coordinator, National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Major General Adamu Garba Laka, has expressed the need for unwavering dedication and collective action of all in the fight against terrorism and organised crimes.

He says, “In Nigeria, as in many other nations around the globe, the fight against terrorism and organised crime presents multifaceted challenges that demand our unwavering dedication and collective action”

A statement Thursday by head strategic communication (NCTC) Abu I. Michael disclosed that General Laka stated this in Abuja on Wednesday at the opening ceremony of a 2-day workshop and plenary meeting of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group (WG) under its Co-Chairs, Nigeria and Italy, with the title, “Good Practices for the Protection of Witnesses and Criminal Justice Officials.”

The National Coordinator called on countries under the umbrella of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) to harness the power of collaboration and cooperation in advancing their shared goals of Justice, security and peace, noting that the imperative of the protection of witnesses and criminal justice officials who play pivotal roles in the investigation, prosecution and adjudication of terrorism related cases.

According to him, “criminal justice officials, including prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officers, face significant risks as they fulfil their duties in the pursuit of justice. Recognising these challenges, he said it behooved all to prioritise the development and implementation of effective strategies to safeguard witnesses and Justice Officials, thereby ensuring their safety, well-being, and continued participation in the criminal justice process.”

He disclosed that Nigeria has remained a co-chair of the GCTF CJ-ROL WG since 2017. The National Coordinator added that Nigeria co-chaired with Switzerland from 2017-2022 and currently with Italy from 2022-2024. Laka stated that the latest joint mandate between Nigeria and Italy has been extended from 2024-2026.
“The working group seeks to identify relevant civilian counter terrorism challenges and capacity gaps, consider activities to address the gaps, as well as to mobilise political will, financial resources and expertise, he mentioned.

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