The African Center for Governance, Asset Recovery, and Sustainable Development facilitated three (3) sessions at the recently concluded National Training on Countering the Financing of Terrorism organized by the International Institute for Justice and Rule of Law (IIJ) in Abuja, Nigeria on 21-23 Nov 2023.
The IIJ’s work on CFT has been implemented on a regional level. It focuses on identifying, analysing and mitigating the vulnerabilities of the high-risk sector of Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs).
The three-day national-level training programme was aimed at building the capacities of investigators, prosecutors, judges, financial analysts, and regulatory authorities and promoting inter-agency cooperation and public-private dialogue. It sought to equip key CFT actors in Nigeria with comprehensive knowledge and practical strategies to counter the financing of terrorism within the country effectively.
Additionally, the training was aimed at aligning the national CFT framework with FATF requirements with expected outcomes, including an enhanced understanding of Nigeria’s specific terrorist financing vulnerabilities and tools to address them; improved knowledge of tools and techniques for identifying, tracing, and disrupting terrorist financing networks, in particular involving high-risk sectors; and improved interagency cooperation and public-private dialogue on CFT.
The training also addressed vulnerabilities within the nation’s high-risk sector of Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs), Non-Profits and Virtual Assets.
The sessions moderated by the African Center includes Public-Private Cooperation and the Role of the Private Sector in CFT. Improving Public-Private Trust; Mitigating Risks Associated with Abuse of Non-Profit Organizations; and Effective Prosecution of Terrorist Financing: Remaining Challenges and Necessary Steps.
Key CFT practitioners such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Department of State Services (DSS), Ministry of Justice, Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), National Intelligence Agency, representatives of international and regional organisations were in attendance.
The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) cooperates with international, regional and national practitioners to create and implement tailored capacity-building with sustainable impact. The IIJ is a vital regional hub and resource for criminal justice skills development, aiding practitioners and institutions to successfully combat terrorism and transnational crime in compliance with human rights and the rule of law.
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The African Center for Governance, Asset Recovery, and Sustainable Development (or “the African Center”) is an independent civil society organization headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria. The African Center collaborates with national governments, international and regional organizations, and non-governmental organizations to promote good governance, sustainable development, and the rule of law. Read more: https://lnkd.in/dhAxzGEr
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