LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and INTERPOL Regional Bureau for West Africa have trained police chiefs in counter terrorism strategies, with a focus on improving police-to-police cooperation in the region.
Martin Ewi, ISS Senior Researcher, said the training in Ivory Coast was in response to the rise in insurgency.
“Terrorists are organised and police should be too. This workshop was the first opportunity for leaders of police organisations in West Africa to share experiences and develop better strategies for responding to terror attacks both nationally and regionally,” said Ewi.
Representatives from the 15 countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as well as Mauritania, discussed terror cases from Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger and Nigeria.
Training centred on investigative techniques, collaboration among intelligence agencies, suppressing terrorist financing and improving counter-terrorism strategies in the region.
The Abidjan workshop is just one of several initiatives by the ISS to strengthen counter-terrorism skills and strategies in West Africa and the Sahel.
Among these is a partnership with ECOWAS to help implement its counter-terrorism strategy.
– CAJ News