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Insecurity: UK pledges to train Nigerian police, improve community policing



By Ajuma Edwina Ameh



The United Kingdom has expressed its readiness to provide more training for men and officers of the Nigerian Police to enhance their capacity in tackling  security challenges in the country.


In addition to helping to fight insecurity in the country, the UK government has also pledged its commitment to help Nigeria tackle corruption by strengthening its institutions.


The UK Minister for Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, Vicky Ford, disclosed this during a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, on Monday in Abuja.


According to Ford, the collaboration with Nigeria in tackling the security challenges will also help improve community policing and curb crime rate.


Persecondnews recalls that in a UK-Nigeria Security and Defence Partnership Dialogue in London earlier this month, the two countries agreed to strengthen cooperation in a range of areas including military cooperation, counter-terrorism, civilian policing, protection of human rights, and recognizing the important role of women in achieving sustainable peace.


She also disclosed that she will also be meeting with the Attorney General of the Federation, Malam Abubakar Malami, for the signing of a Memorandum of Commitment for the return of ₤210,000 as proceeds of bribery for contracts.


Other areas of ties the UK and Nigeria are expected to further deliberate on during the visit of the UK Minister include, trade, education, electoral reform, human rights, gender equality, and climate change as well as the humanitarian crisis in the North-East.





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