COURTESY VISIT OF THE NETHERLANDS AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA (H.E MR. WOUTER PLOMP) AND HIS TEAM TO NATIONAL COUNTER TERRORISM CENTRE (NCTC), OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER ON WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY, 2023

The Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria H.E, Mr. Wouter Plomp accompanied by the Defence Attache, Idzerd Van Eysinga and the First Secretary, Embassy of the Netherlands in Nigeria, Ayinde Soule-Kohndou, paid a courtesy visit to the Coordinator, National Counter Terrorism Centre (NC, NCTC), Office of the National Security Adviser, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd) on Wednesday 22 February, 2023.

NC, NCTC, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd) flanked by the Netherlands Amb. Wouter Plomp (left) and the Defence Attache, Idzerd Van Eysinga (right).

The Coordinator, National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd) flanked by the Netherlands Amb. Wouter Plomp (left) and the Defence Attache, Idzerd Van Eysinga (right).

The Coordinator, on behalf of the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), expressed pleasure for the visit, which he termed a familiar one. He noted that the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) was aware of the interest of the Government of The Netherlands in the Counter Terrorism efforts of Nigeria.

NC NCTC with the Defence Attache

NC, NCTC with the Defence Attache

On his part, the  Ambassador stated that he was in the company of the Defence Attache due to his country’s interest in the security situation in Nigeria and the West African sub-region. He commended Nigeria for its counter terrorism efforts and went further to state that the Government of The N

The Netherlands Ambassador (left) with the Head, PCVE, NCTC, ONSA Mrs Mairo Musa Abbas

The Netherlands Ambassador (left) with the Head, PCVE, NCTC, ONSA Mrs. Mairo Musa Abbas

etherlands was always willing to collaborate with the country. He appreciated the reception of his team and promised the continued support of his country and the European Union in addressing the security challenges in Nigeria.

 

A 4-DAY NATIONAL TECHNICAL WORKSHOP ON AMNESTY MANAGEMENT, DERADICALISATION AND COMMUNITY-BASED REINTEGRATION

A 4-DAY NATIONAL TECHNICAL WORKSHOP ON AMNESTY MANAGEMENT, DERADICALISATION AND COMMUNITY-BASED REINTEGRATION ORGANISED BY THE NATIONAL COUNTER TERRORISM CENTRE, OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN COLLABORATION WITH INTERNATIONAL ALERT NIGERIAHELD IN ABUJA FROM 31 JANUARY TO 3 FEBRUARY, 2023.

In realisation that no one size fits all in combatting the security situation of violent extremism and terrorism currently besieging the country and the globe as a whole, the Nigerian government has been making concerted efforts to ensure a peaceful society and strengthen community resilience against this menace. Among such measures being put in place was the convening of a 4-day National Workshop on Amnesty Management, Deradicalisation And Community-Based Reintegration, in collaboration with International Alert (IA) Nigeria from 31 January to 3 February, 2023.

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

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

The aim was to promote collaborative learning and establish a shared purpose for advancing DDR policy and practice in Nigeria, as well as to enable partners, participants and delegates have a thorough strategic and operational level understanding of the concepts, approaches and new practices involved in the effective planning, implementation and coordination of DDR.

Participants were drawn from various stakeholder groups including Federal and States Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), Academia, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Tradition and Religious Institutions among others.

In his opening remarks, the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, represented by Deputy Comptroller of Corrections, Mr. Sylvester Nwakauche, stated that the workshop was part of government’s commitment to finding sustainable solutions to the challenges posed by conflicts and violent extremism in the country. The Minister stressed that addressing the challenges required a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach, as well as the expertise of government, civil society, academia and the international community. Thereafter, the National Coordinator, National Counter-Terrorism Centre, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd), on behalf of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), in his remarks highlighted the opportunities available in the workshop for Participants to gain strategic and operational level understanding of the concepts, approaches and new practices in effective planning, implementation and coordination of DDR.

NC NCTC, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd), saying thank you to the Director of Programme (Int'l) International Alert, Kathryn Tomlinson at the event.

NC NCTC, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd),  {left} saying thank you to the Director of Programme (Int’l) International Alert, Kathryn Tomlinson (Right) at the event.

Former Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd) during his keynote address titled, “Building prospect (s) for stability, Justice and Reconciliation in North-West and North-East, Nigeria,” posited that building confidence in the minds of citizens and the need for dialogue and subsequent disarmament was key to achieving DDR in the country.

Meanwhile, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, H.E Catriona Laing also, expressed the commitment of the UK government to supporting initiatives that would address security challenges in Nigeria and noted that while amnesty and voluntary DDR processes were essential components of successful conflict resolution, such measures must not be taken in an ad-hoc, uncoordinated manner as this could undermine the prosecutorial and judicial processes of a country. This was followed by remarks by the Swiss Ambassador to Nigeria, Nicolas Lang, who commended the FGN for adopting kinetic and non- kinetic approaches in dealing with the conflict.

Subsequently, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms. Samuela Isopi, noted that the European Union (EU) had been a long standing partner of Nigeria on both DDR and Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE). Isopi who was represented by EU Nigeria Team Lead, Ruben Alba informed also, that the EU had been supporting a number of activities related to amnesty management, deradicalisation and community-based reintegration in the North East. Lastly, The IA Director of programmes UK, Ms. Kathryn Tomlinson stated that IA programmes in Nigeria would continue to contribute to greater social cohesion and increase the capacity of communities to prevent and manage conflict. Also, while setting the Scene for the workshop, the Country Director, IA Nigeria Mr. Paul Nyulaku noted that the gathering provided an opportunity for stakeholders to come together to review, benefit from peer learning and experience sharing among Federal and State institutions.

High level meeting between ONSA and Sokoto State Government on 9th November, 2022

ONSA holds high level engagement with Sokoto State government


In recent times, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) embarked on series of activities to strengthen coordination and implementation of all counter terrorism interventions by Federal and State Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), as well as International Governmental Organisations operating in Nigeria.
To continue with these bold moves and further strengthen community resilience by supporting local initiatives in addressing drivers of violent extremism, a strategic team comprising ONSA and relevant partners led by the Head Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in the Office of the National Security Adviser, engaged the Sokoto State Government on 9th November, 2022.
The high level meeting provided opportunity for ONSA to introduce GCERF and its Grantee, North East Youth Initiative for Development (NEYIF) to the State Government and also discussed the project to be launched between the State Government and NEYIF which would in turn ensure effective monitoring and evaluation by state authorities.
It could be recalled that the Global Community Engagement Resilience Fund (GCERF) and its Grantee working in collaboration with ONSA in Kaduna and Katsina States were introduced to the two State Governments on 2nd and 8th March, 2022 respectively and Kano on 12th October, 2022.

ONSA and FIUs team in a group photograph after the meeting on Thursday

ONSA hosts Forum of FIUs of GIABA member States


To further boost the efforts of the Government of Nigeria to rid the country of all forms of crime and criminality including money laundering, the National Coordinator, National Counter Terrorism Centre, Office of the National Security Adviser, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd) on behalf of the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), hosted the Forum of Financial Intelligence Units in GIABA member states led by its President, Mr. Stanley Ford, in Abuja, on Thursday, 10th November, 2022.
The meeting provided an ample opportunity to share ideas on ways to curb crimes that can impede the growth of the country, of which money laundering is a key factor.

The National Coordinator, NCTC, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd) (left), in a warm handshake with the President, Forum of FIUs in GIABA member States, Stanley Ford (right) as the Executive Secretary of the Forum, Hafsat Bakari (middle) watches.


While addressing the forum, the National Coordinator expressed the appreciation of the National Security Adviser, saying that Nigeria would leave no stone unturned in ensuring a peaceful society for her citizens and all residents of the country.
GIABA is a specialised institution of ECOWAS that is responsible for strengthening the capacity of member states towards the prevention and control of money laundering and terrorist financing in the region.
It could be recalled that Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) was established by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government in the year 2000.
The creation of GIABA was a major response and contribution of the ECOWAS to the fight against money laundering.

A cross section of participants at the workshop

ONSA, GLOBAL COALITION HOLD COUNTER TERRORISM COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP IN ABUJA

To further boost the capacity of various stakeholders in Nigeria to respond to the threats posed by terrorists and other violent extremists groups, the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in collaboration with the Global Coalition against Daesh/ISIS held a Strategic Communications Workshop in Abuja on 28th September, 2022.

In his opening remarks, the National Coordinator, National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in the Office of the National Security Adviser, Rear Admiral YEM Musa (rtd) assured that the Government of Nigeria would always be ready to support all efforts at tackling terrorism, Terrorism Financing, the flow of foreign terrorist fighters across borders, as well as all threats to the economic and political stability of the country.

Representative of the National Coordinator, NCTC and Head PCVE in ONSA, Mrs. Mairo Musa Abbas, speaking at the event

The National Coordinator who was represented by the Head Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Directorate at NCTC, Mrs. Mairo Musa Abbas, also expressed delight that the Coalition was committed to exposing the falsehoods that lie at the heart of terrorists’ ideology, and to present a positive, alternative future for the region. He noted that it was in line with the nation’s response to counter and provide an alternative narrative to the violent extremists’ propaganda over the years.

Some of the participants at the Workshop

In his remarks, the U.S. Deputy Envoy to the Global Coalition Douglas Hoyt spoke with appreciation for the government of Nigeria’s efforts to support the Coalition’s Africa Focus Group as an effective platform for assistance coordination and engagement. He said also that this communications workshop was a critical step in countering the ISIS ideology and narrative.

Participants were drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Nigeria including the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and representatives of the Coalition partners from the United States and United Kingdom to describe best practice in counter terrorism strategic communications.

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.