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Strengthen criminal justice responses to terrorism, NSA urges stakeholders

The National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno has tasked ministries, departments of government and foreign partners to implement plans to strengthen criminal justice responses to terrorism in Nigeria.

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He made this known on Monday in Abuja at a ‘High Level Inter-Agency Conference Strengthening Criminal Justice Responses to Terrorism in the Northeast Nigeria.’

Monguno who was represented by Commodore Yem Musa, the Coordinator Counter Insurgency Center, said the conference is a follow-up of on the spot visits by stakeholders and international partners to the northeast.

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He said as part of multi-dimensional approaches, the Safe Corridor for defecting Boko Haram members is strategic in government plans to Preventing Conflict and Violent Extremism (PCVE) in the northeast.

He noted that, “We do this in compliance with Nigerian Law, committed to respecting the rights of victims and bringing perpetrators to justice.”

He said although the process is slow, Nigeria is moving closer to full recovery from violence.

Musa explained that the Presidential Initiative for the North East for 2015-2020 has established a presidential intervention plan to provide emergency assistance and mobilize targeted resources to jump- start the economy of the North- Eastern States of Nigeria.

He added that in the midst of these economic interventions, we are faced with the need to strengthen coordination of efforts, implement already established policies, build capacity and deliver livelihood to victims of terrorism.

He said the conference further provides stakeholders with opportunity to discuss and agree on specific activities, which hopefully should contribute to achieving the objectives as set out in Nigeria’s Policy Framework and National Action plan for PCVE.

He added that the key objectives are to institutionalize, mainstream and coordinate PCVE programmes at national, state and local levels and strengthen accessible justice system and respect for human rights and rule of law.

He said the whole of Government and whole of Society approaches is crucial for the accomplishment of the Government mandate to ensure peace, welfare and economic growth for all Nigerians.

He added that, “We can achieve this if coordinated actions are established and implemented with the expertise of all agencies.”

He said the conference is to support Nigeria to bring terrorists to justice and prevent terrorist acts from being committed, through rule of law-based and human rights-complaint criminal justice measures against terrorism.

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