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INL's Nigeria Programs


Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
April 5, 2012

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Funding:

  • FY 2007 - $400,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2008 - $590,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2009 - $720,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2010 - $500,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2011 - $1,250,000 (INCLE)

INCLE: International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Funds

Program Goals:

  • The INL objective in Nigeria is to strengthen the capacity of important Nigerian law enforcement agencies, notably their ability to combat organized crime such as drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorism financing, and other financial crimes, as well as public corruption.
     
  • Over the medium term, Nigerian law enforcement should be better able to target, investigate, and convict the leadership elements of drug trafficking, money laundering, terrorist and financial fraud organizations and hopefully also the major perpetrators of public corruption.

Program Components/Accomplishments:

  • Counter Narcotics Assistance: Since Nigeria returned to democratic government in 1999, INL has assisted Nigerian law enforcement agencies in combating international crime emanating from Nigeria, including narcotics trafficking. (Nigeria – the most populated country in sub-Saharan Africa –is a major drug transiting country.) In addition to training and equipment assistance to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA – the counterpart of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration), INL has provided assistance to a broad range of other Nigerian law enforcement bodies. In 2012, INL will deploy a Counter Narcotics Advisor to work full time with the NDLEA in Lagos, Nigeria.
     
  • Police Assistance: Between 2002 and 2005, INL funded training and equipment for components of the Nigerian Police Force, initially including election security and subsequently basic recruit training, as well as curricula for police academies and community policing techniques intended to assist in the reform and development of policing capabilities. INL also funded a technical adviser to the Police Service Commission in order to promote civilian oversight of policing in a democracy.
     
  • Corruption and Financial Crime Assistance: INL has provided training and equipment to augment Nigerian capability in combating financial crimes, including Advance Fee Fraud and money laundering. INL also provided training and equipment to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to build capacity in pursuing money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crimes and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) to assist in the investigation and prosecution of corrupt public sector officials.
     
  • Justice Sector Prosecutorial Assistance: An INL-funded U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor, assisted by other short-term U.S. prosecutors and experts from U.S. law enforcement agencies, provided advice and training to investigators, prosecutors and other officials of the ICPC, the EFCC, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons, the NDLEA, and the Ministry of Justice. In 2012, INL plans to deploy a Department of Justice Legal Advisor to continue assistance on corruption legislation reform, asset recovery, and prosecution.



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