Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Though the NAF play a significant role in responding to IED threats in Nigeria, due to the threat the police also have designated EOD teams which respond to local threats.
The Nigerian Police Force have received CIED training from abroad in order to increase police capabilities at tackling the high IED threat that persists in Nigeria. The training was part of a wider counterterrorism initiative to combat Boko Haram. Most the training they have received in regard to CIED has been provided by the United States or by US funded bodies.
Nigeria is also part of Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP) – a US funded body – which provides CIED training to civil law enforcement as well as military personnel, alongside other partner nations such as Chad and Cameroon who are also involved in the fight against Boko Haram.
The training police have received has also been targeted counterterrorism finance that aims to restricts Boko Haram’s ability to raise and store money.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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