PAB 14th September 2022

ONSA HOSTS PREVENT TEAM IN ABUJA

The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) played host to the Prevent Advisory Board (PAB) drawn from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) as well as the Torchlight Group from the United Kingdom on 14th September, 2022. The gathering was part of the efforts of Government to collaborate with relevant stakeholders at both local and international levels to prevent young persons from being recruited into serious and organised crime.
PREVENT is the concept of providing alternative opportunities to those most likely to join criminal organisations, helping to PREVENT them from contributing to future crime that damages Nigeria’s economy. The UK has proven PREVENT to be an important part of the policing response to organised crime and has demonstrated how community engagement through important community partners can help reduce the scale and severity of criminal activity.
This programme, with support from the Nigerian Government, the UK Home Office and British High Commission in Nigeria, will support Federal agencies and the Nigerian Police Force adapt PREVENT methodologies to suit Nigeria and then introduce their practice to help fight serious and organised crime. The goal is to reduce the harmful impact serious and organised crime has on Nigeria’s economy, institutions, and people.
The programme is a pilot being delivered in 4 states, selected based on the findings of a research phase, designed to test the suitability of PREVENT for the Nigerian context and to tackle important organised crime challenges identified during the research phase. The project will last 3 years.

The Pioneer Coordinator NCTC (3rd) in a group photo with some of his staff who were on congratulatory visit to him over his recent appointment, on Tuesday.

Moment PCVE, NACTEST, Stratcom Staff Pay Congratulatory Visit to the Pioneer NCTC Coordinator.

The Coordinator NCTC, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd) Ph.D (Middle) in a group photograph with some PCVE Staff led by the H.PCVE Mrs. Mairo Musa Abbas (3rd) left who were on congratulatory visit to the Coordinator.
The Coordinator NCTC, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (right) receiving a souvenir from the one of the staff as others watched.
The Coordinator, NCTC (right) in a prayer mood with the staff.
The Pioneer Coordinator, NCTC, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd) P.hD in his Office on Tuesday.

A cross section of participants at Strategic planning meeting of PAVE Network

ONSA PAVE Network, GCERF hold Strategic Planning Meeting in Nasarawa

The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in collaboration with Partnership Against Violent Extremism (PAVE) Network and Global Community Engagement Resilience Fund (GCERF) held a Strategic Planning Meeting in Keffi, Nasarawa State, from 9-12 September, 2022.

The objective of the meeting was to chart a new course for PAVE’s Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism activities in the country.

PAVE Network and GCERF are among the critical partners that are supporting the Federal Government’s efforts to rid the country of Violent Extremism and other crimes.

The meeting is believed to yield positive outcomes that will add values to the nation’s efforts at addressing various Security threats in the country.

ACSRT,Accra Ghana, 4-7 July 2022

FIRST SENIOR LEVEL REGIONAL COURSE FOR THE PREVENTION OF VIOLENT EXTREMISM (PVE) FOR THE WEST AFRICA REGION HELD IN ACCRA, GHANA, FROM 04–07 JULY 2022

Some of the Officials at the Opening ceremony.
Some of the Officials at the Opening ceremony

As part of their joint Framework Programme for the Prevention of Violent Extremism (2020-2023) the African Centre for the Study and Research on Terrorism ( ACSRT/CAERT) of the African Union and the Peace and Human Rights Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (PHRD/FDFA) organised the “First Senior Level Regional Course for the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) in West Africa Region” at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra, Ghana, in response to requests submitted by the authorities of several countries in the region. This First PVE Course for West Africa was organised with the support of the Human Security Research Centre, Ghana (HSRCGh). Nigeria was represented at the training by SOs PCVE, ONSA, Mr. Dennis Ozioko, Mrs. Justina Amakor and SO Stratcomm, ONSA, Mr. Raphael Towoju respectively.

Nigerian delegation to the Regional Course on PVE in Accra Ghana.
Nigerian Delegation to the First Regional Course on PVE held in Accra Ghana from 4-7 July, 2022

The main objective of the Course was to promote the preventive approach as a response to growing violent extremism activities in the West Africa region. While the enforcement measures only deal with the symptoms and the consequences of the violence as well as perpetrators, the preventative measures, instead, tackle the root causes of issue by trying to understand what motivate people to join violent extremist groups and what could lead them out, and to work at transforming the multiples and complex causes of violence. The Course, therefore, seeks to stimulate thinking on this preventative approach to violent extremism and to build participants’ capacities, and encourage them to consider what could be useful in their specific national and regional context. Through the presentation of various specific tools and sharing of concrete success stories, challenges and good practices, the Course’s programme was designed to take participants through a series of modules allowing them to better grasp what the drivers of Violent Extremism are (economic, political, social, and cultural factors) and the motivations to join Violent Extremist groups.

The Course gathered, during four (4) days, more than sixty (60), including more than twenty (20) female, Decision-makers or advisors at managerial level in the areas of defence, security, intelligence services, justice, social affairs, Parliament, elected local government officials, NGOs, civil society, research centres (public and private) and public/private institutions involved in the generation of responses violent extremism from all the fifteen (15) States of West Africa. In addition, PVE Experts from the region and beyond also participated in the course to support module facilitation, including partners of the ACSRT, Experts from the HSRCGh, and from the Initiative of Regional Conversations for PVE led by PHRD/FDFA.

Official unveiling of the M&E Strategy on PF NAP on PCVE

ONSA, ActionAid launch M&E strategy for Policy Framework and National Action Plan on PCVE

To further ensure free flow of information among various stakeholders and to guarantee more transparency and efficiency in the implementation of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan on Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism in Nigeria, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in Collaboration with ActionAid Nigeria and Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) has launched a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Strategy on 30th June, 2022 in Abuja.

The CCTC, YEM Musa (2nd right) presenting a 'well done' certificate to the H.PCVE, Mrs. Mairo Musa Abbas (Left) at the launch while others watch.
The CCTC, YEM Musa (2nd right) presenting a ‘well done’ certificate to the H.PCVE, Mrs. Mairo Musa Abbas (Left) at the launch while others watch.

Presenting the document, the Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre, ONSA, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd) said that the M&E Strategy was a major landmark in ONSA’s collaborative efforts to counter violent extremism in Nigeria.

Rear Admiral Musa described the event as momentous, owing to the critical and holistic drive in the national efforts undertaken by ONSA to ensure an operational policy framework and national action plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.

He added that the framework was critical to building a strong, national evidence base around Policy Framework and National Action Plan for PCVE implementation in Nigeria. “The document as it stands; reflects the will of the people and the Nigerian government to utilise the whole of government and whole of society approach against the threats and risks of violent extremism bedeviling the global space,” he stressed.

Musa said the document would further guide in defining the scope of activities, establish interventions when things went wrong, and give everyone an idea of how those interventions affect the rest of the activities.

Earlier in her remarks, the Head, Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in ONSA, Mrs. Mairo Musa Abbas, said the activities of the unit was tied to the Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy to enable tracking and measuring of achievements of all PCVE activities in Nigeria.

Abbas said the development of the strategy, which was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017, was supported by the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) under its SARVE III Project. According to her, relevant stakeholders made inputs, while ActionAid engaged members of the Steering Committee for PCVE to develop the document.

The Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre, Rear Admiral YEM Musa, addressing the gathering at the launch.
The Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre, Rear Admiral YEM Musa, addressing the gathering at the launch.

The Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi, represented by Mr. Andrew Mamedu, said that violence had become fatally routine and a daily affair in the country within the last few years. She called for active involvement of the private sector in the prevention of violent extremism across Nigeria to join donors in funding community led programmes that offered educational, vocational, and cultural alternatives for youths.

Launching of a project by UNODC in Abuja

UNODC LAUNCHES PROJECT TO STRENGTHEN CAPACITY OF NIGERIA TO COLLECT EVIDENCE, PROSECUTE TERRORISM, OTHERS IN ABUJA

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) on 15th June, 2022, launched a project titled ‘Strengthening the capacity of Nigeria to collect evidence and more effectively prosecute terrorism and other serious crimes with respect to the rule of law,’ funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the United States of America.

At the event, the Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd) thanked the UNODC for coming up with such a laudable project.

The Coordinator who was represented by a Staff Officer in ONSA, Mr. Dennis Ozioko noted that the project which aimed to support the efforts of the federal and state authorities to hold culprits of violence and other forms of criminal activity to account, would further support Nigeria to successfully prosecute serious criminal offences, including terrorism, committed in North East Nigeria, through improved collection and utilisation of potential evidential material, inclusive of serious criminal cases brought before State and Federal Courts.

   “As Nigeria continues to take important steps towards countering violent extremism particularly in the North East, the unwavering support, partnership and the collaborative efforts of UNODC over the years underscore our unique drive to combat the global menace bedeviling our global space,” he said.

He assured the UNODC, European Union (EU) and United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and all the nation’s strategic partners that Nigeria would always be committed to this partnership which was geared towards strengthening Nigeria’s criminal justice measures against terrorist threat of various armed groups in compliance with the rule of law and fully respecting human rights.

A cross section of some of the participants at the meeting.

STRIVE JUVENILE: ONSA, UNODC HOST BI-ANNUAL PROJECT STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING IN ABUJA

To further foster a whole of society approach and build resilience of children and their environment to the practices of terrorist and violent  extremism  groups, the Office  of the National  Security  Adviser (ONSA) in collaboration with the United Nations  Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted a one-day Bi-annual STRIVE Juvenile National Project Steering Committee Meeting  in Abuja on 12th May, 2022.

Objectives of the meeting were to present the STRIVE Juvenile project second national work plan and seek feedback from relevant  Ministries Departments  and Agencies  (MDAs) as well as to provide an overview on the project progress from inception  to date.

In his remarks, the Coordinator, Counter  Terrorism  Centre, Office  of the National  Security  Adviser, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd), represented by the Staff Officer 1 in  the Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) Unit, ONSA, Mr. Dennis Ozioko noted that Nigeria, over the past decade, has been in the frontline in the fight against terrorism and also that the country has  witnessed some of the cruellest forms of child recruitment by terrorist groups, with thousands of  children abducted, starved, killed in fights, enslaved, even used as suicide bombers by Boko Haram and its splinter faction.

He added that the country had a firm stance on counter terrorism, so her  strategy has evolved to increasingly focus on addressing root causes and  preventing violent extremism from the ground up, through whole of government and whole of society approaches. “This has been the priority of the Policy Framework on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism ( PCVE),” the Coordinator  said.

Rear Admiral  Musa (rtd) expressed the delight  of the Nigerian Government to partner with the European Union (EU) and  UNODC in the implementation of the STRIVE Juvenile project. The project according to him, allows an opportunity to make ending child recruitment and exploitation a priority in the context of the Nigerian PCVE approach.

This is necessary and urgent. We are especially supportive of the initiatives that allow us to garner a better understanding of the trajectories of children when they join and also when they leave the groups; of the initiatives that support the different stakeholders in promoting coordinated approaches and of the activities that aim to raise awareness around the dangers and consequences of child recruitmenthe stressed.

He urged participants to come up with robust decisions that would further aid the country’s preparedness to Preventing and responding to the menace of violence against children by terrorist and violent extremist groups at all levels of government, particularly at the state and the local government levels.

Also in his remarks,  the European  Union (EU) Country  Representative,  Mr. Jerome Riviere who lauded  the partnership of his Organisation  and the Office of the National  Security Adviser, called for prioritisation of STRIVE Juvenile at the International and national committee levels.

Aligning  with the earlier  speakers,  the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Representative,  Mr. Oliver Stolpe attributed the success  story of the STRIVE  Juvenile  Project in Nigeria so far to the strong commitment of the Federal  Government  through  the Office  of  the  National  Security  Adviser.

STRIVE  Juvenile  is a new, three year project funded by the European  Union that foresees activities  at the global level and in three partner countries: Indonesia,  Iraq and Nigeria. It aims to prevent  and counter violent  extremism affecting  children,  in full respect of human rights, gender equality, national and international  law.

Highlight  of the meeting was the validation of the Second National Workplan for the STRIVE  Juvenile  Project  in Nigeria.

Some of the representatives from the Office of the National Security Adviser.

UNODC New Training Module being unveiled in Abuja.

NIGERIA, UNODC UNVEIL NEW TRAINING MODULE ON INVESTIGATIVE INTERVIEWING, CRIMINAL JUSTICE

A new Training Module on “investigative interviewing, the right to remain silent and the prohibition of torture” has been unveiled in Abuja on Friday, 18th March, 2022.

The new training module is believed to further strengthen Nigeria’s partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in support for the nation’s Criminal Justice, Responses to Terrorism and Violent Extremism. The Project is funded by the European Union (EU)under the EU-Nigeria-UNODC-CTED partnership project III.  

The Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Rear Admiral Y.E.M Musa (Rtd) was among very important personalities at the event. Others include Professor M.T. Ladan, Director General, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS); Mr. Jèrôme Riviére, EU Peace and Security Programme Manager, Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Nigeria and ECOWAS; Mr. Oliver Stolpe, representative, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Country Office in Nigeria, among others.

Presenting his opening remarks, the Coordinator hailed the launching of the new training module by UNODC, saying it was a significant milestone in the operations of the organisation in its collaborative efforts to support the Nigerian Government in countering violent extremism as well as promoting criminal justice and the rule of law.

According to Rear Admiral Musa (Rtd), “this training module, I am very confident, will provide veritable tools for training Nigerian Judges, public prosecutors, investigators and other law enforcement officials, legal advisers of law enforcement agencies and defence lawyers to better position our criminal justice and rule of law.

He emphasised that this was coming up at a very auspicious time in Nigeria when the narrative was taking a new dimension with the latest development where non-state armed combatants are laying down their arms in their numbers.

As Nigeria continues to take important steps towards countering violent extremism particularly in the North East, the unwavering support, partnership and the collaborative efforts of UNODC over the years underscore our unique drive to combat the global menace bedeviling our global space,” he stressed.

The Coordinator, on behalf of the Government of Nigeria, assured the UNODC, European Union (EU) and United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and all the nation’s strategic partners that Nigeria would always be committed to this partnership which was geared towards strengthening Nigeria’s criminal justice measures against terrorist threat of various armed groups in compliance with the rule of law and fully respecting human rights.

ONSA team in a group photograph with UNOTC Delegation to Nigeria

FG HOLDS TOP-LEVEL ENGAGEMENTS WITH UNOCT ON THREAT ASSESSMENT MODELS

The Federal Government through the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) held a three-day on-site engagements with a delegation of the United Nations Office of Counter Terrorism (UNOCT) led by Ms Rachel Manis, Head -UN Programme on Threat Assessment Models (TAM) from Tuesday 1 to Thrusday 3 March, 2022 in Abuja.

Senior-level decision makers from ONSA (including National Intelligence Agency; Directorate of State Security Service); Ministry of Interior, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Aviation; Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria; Ministry of Defence; and Nigeria Customs joined in the discussion. The Nigerian team was led by the Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre, Office of the National Security Adviser, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd).

Among the objectives of the roundtable were to confirm the importance of national cooperation to prevent and counter terrorist threats to civil aviation; introduce stakeholders to programme objectives; secure top-level buy-in from all relevant government entities; and clarify senior executive-level role throughout the implementation process.

The Coordinator,  Counter  Terrorism  Centre,  ONSA,  Rear Admiral  YEM  Musa  (rtd) (3rd Left), Leader of UNOCT  Delagation, Ms Rachel Manis (Middle),  Head NACTEST, ONSA, Mr JD Jakubu (2nd Left), Head PCVE ONSA,  Mrs Mairo Musa Abbas (2nd rightt), DD Stratcom CTC, ONSA, Mr. Segun Imohiosen (1st Right) and others, at the gathering.
The Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre, ONSA, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd) (3rd Left), Leader of UNOCT Delagation, Ms Rachel Manis (Middle),  Head NACTEST, ONSA, Mr JD Jakubu (2nd Left), Head PCVE ONSA, Mrs Mairo Musa Abbas (2nd rightt), DD Stratcom CTC, ONSA, Mr. Segun Imohiosen (1st Right) and others, at the gathering.

The outputs of these engagements are believed to feed into a holistic desk review and inform the Programme’s recommendations for the model that best fits the Government of Nigeria’s operational requirements, as well as the path for implementing the new structure.

The TAM Programme delivers training and technical assistance via an Integrated Project Team (IPT), which comprises operational-level personnel who serve as focal points from each participating agency.

The UNOCT Delegation was joined by Dr. Raffi Gregorian, Deputy to the Under Secretary General for UNOCT.

Participants at Masterclass V held in Kano from 22-24 February, 2022 in a group photograph.

MASTERCLASS V: ONSA, THE NETHERLANDS REAFFIRM COMMITMENT TO PCVE IN NIGERIA

Representative of the Executive Governor of Kano State and the SSG of the State, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, giving his remarks at the opening ceremony of Masterclass V held in Kano from 22-24 February, 2022
Representative of the Executive Governor of Kano State and the SSG of the State, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, giving his remarks at the opening ceremony of Masterclass V held in Kano from 22-24 February, 2022

The Federal Government, in collaboration with the Government of the Netherlands has reaffirmed its commitment to Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism in the Northwestern part of Nigeria in particular and the nation in general, so as to address security challenges.
The Head, Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Mrs. Mairo Musa Abbas disclosed this during a workshop, tagged Masterclass V on preventing and countering violent extremism in the Northwestern states of the Nation, organised by the office of the National security Adviser in collaboration with the Government of the Netherlands, held in Kano from 22-24 February, 2022.
Mario Abbas on behalf of the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) explained that the objectives of the Masterclass V for kano, Kaduna, Katsina, and Sokoto were to  understand and apply key PVE concepts, tools and approaches in decision making and implementation; understand the Counter Terrorism and P/CVE Plan of Action and approach of Nigeria and make the link to the state level; among others.
She maintained that with regards to the challenges experienced in combating terrorism and other forms of extreme violence, the Federal Government of Nigeria decided that the kinetic approach alone cannot eradicate the threat.
To this effect, the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for PCVE was developed in 2017. This policy framework adopts the non-kinetic or soft approach comprising of “Whole-of-Government” and a “Whole-of-Society approach” as Nigeria’s strategy to encourage the active participation of all stakeholders in building networks of peace for safer and resilient communities across Nigeria,” she said.
In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji said the workshop was very timely, especially in this era the nation is facing security Challenges.
He said his administration had embarked on sensitization and enlightenment campaigns through sermons in religious institutions aimed at channeling the minds of youth against extremism and terrorism.
Earlier, the Ambassador of Netherlands Harry Van Dijk represented by Ayinde Soule said the workshop was the fifth edition of the Masters class organized by the Office of the NSA and the Government of the Netherlands aimed at enhancing security in the country.
The workshop was attended by Participants from Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, and the Sokoto States.