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Deputy Assistant Secretary Bradley advances U.S.-Nigeria security and criminal justice cooperation

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During his September 3-9 visit, Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Tobin Bradley met with the National Security Advisor, the Minister of Justice, the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force, the Minister of Interior, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, and law enforcement agencies including the Nigerian Correctional Service, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to deepen cooperation between Nigeria and the United States on a range of shared goals, including empowering civilian security, advancing criminal justice reform, and strengthening judicial systems.

This visit underscores the United States’ strong commitment to working with international partners to combat insecurity and develop innovative solutions to advance criminal justice reform. In Keffi, DAS Bradley visited Keffi Correctional Facility, where INL funded the implementation of a case management system to help address pre-trial detention challenges in Nigeria.

In Abuja, DAS Bradley also met with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) to discuss how the United States could continue to support Nigeria’s efforts to advance human trafficking investigations and prosecutions. At the Magistrates Court Wuse Zone 2 in Abuja, DAS Bradley learned how INL-funded transcription software is helping courts more efficiently complete administrative tasks to expedite case processing and court judgments. On Behalf of the United States, DAS Bradley signed over equipment to the NDLEA to help reinforce counter-narcotics interventions in Nigeria. DAS Bradley discussed ways INL could work with the EFCC to fight cross-border financial crimes and support the rule of law by holding individuals and organizations accountable for financial misconduct.

Finally, DAS Bradley met with local partners, including the Partners West Africa Network (PWAN), the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), the Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), to commend them on their continued work with INL to advance the United States’ and Nigeria’s shared goals on improving criminal justice and strengthening the rule of law.

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