Nigeria’s efforts to rein in raging insurgency in some parts of the country has received a major boost, as the Italian government yesterday disclosed its intention to train officers and men of the Nigerian Police and other Paramilitary agencies on how to combat terrorism and other violent crimes.
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Margerita Boniver, disclosed this when she led her country’s delegation of the Special Envoy for Humanitarian Emergencies on a courtesy visit to the Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro.
Speaking on the occasion, she expressed the desire of her government to help stem the crisis in Northern Nigeria by building the skills of local security agencies, especially in forensic investigation and how to defend the citizenry from terror attacks.
Though she did not give details and the form the assistance would look like, she however said that her home government was unhappy with the level of senseless killings in parts of the country, particularly the north, where she said Nigeria witnessed more violent crimes.
Expressing serious worry with the development, Bonivers said, she would personally do all within her capacity to bring in other forms of assistance to the police, NSCDC and other Para-military agencies , stressing that effective policing remains one of the core ingredients of democracy.
The Italian minister who however stated that the solution to the Boko Haram attacks in Northern Nigeria would include addressing the security and socio-economic problems in the area, commended the steps so far taken by Nigeria Government, in a bid to combat the menace.
She also expressed condolence of her nation to the Nigeria Government, over the loss of lives in recent bomb blast in the country.
The minister further reiterated the determination of President Goodluck Jonathan’s led administration to properly secure the nation’s boarder’s, ensuring that, only for