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U.S. terrorism experts arrive in Nigeria Jan 2016

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US Ambassador to Nigeria James Entwistle revealed this yesterday in Abuja during a courtesy call on the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), in his office.

Entwistle said his country had concluded plans to send a team to Nigeria by January, as part of efforts to end all forms of insecurity in Nigeria and the world at large.

“We are ready to partner with you on security. As you know the Security Governance Initiative (SGI), we will be having a team here in January in this regard. It is an attempt to approach the need to reform democracy in order to improve security performance. This project will be done with the Nigerian government,” and assured the minister of total support to combat insecurity.

In a similar development, Nigeria and Israel have agreed to engage in a partnership that will put an end to the incidents of insurgency and terrorism and challenges of internal security threatening the country’s stability and corporate existence.

This was revealed yesterday when the Ambassador of Israel, Uriel Palti paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) in Abuja.

Palti, who said the major challenge of dealing with the country’s internal security lies within the jurisdiction of the Interior ministry, said, “The fight against terrorism is an issue affecting four other countries in the West African sub-region including Nigeria. It is an issue affecting the world as a whole. We look forward to partnering with you for mutual interests in the future.”

Responding, the minister of Interior who expressed gratitude to the US ambassador, assuring that the Nigerian government will partner with the US to ensure fruitful implementation of the project said, “We want to assure you that we will fulfill our own part of the partnership and we are confident that you will fulfill your own part also.”

Speaking earlier, Ambassador Palti, who said he had been mandated by the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu to do everything possible to strengthen relations between Israel and Nigeria in areas of bilateral interests, added, “we have the experience and we will work with you. We will collaborate with you in the areas of counter-terrorism and strengthening of your internal security.”


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