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Published On: Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

Justice ministry urges international collaboration to curb crime

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By LekanBakare, Calabar

The Federal Ministry of Justice yesterday, in Calabar, called for international collaboration between border countries in order to help curb organised crimes and other security challenges facing African countries.

 Director, Public Prosecutions of the Federation, Barr. AkinloluAkintewe, made this call at a workshop for `Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Officers of Nigeria on International Cooperation in Criminal Matters organised by the Ministry in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Akintewe said the workshop was organised to support the establishment and strengthening of specialised units to investigate and prosecute various forms of organised crimes.

According to him, the benefit of the collaboration would help in the fight against organised crimes, through enhancement of border checks he added that the West African Network of Central Authorities and Prosecutors (WACAP) was created to strengthen the capacity of central authorities and prosecutors to combat all forms of organized crime stressing that the network would assists West African central authorities in developing contacts with their counterparts within and outside the region.

On the security challenges currently facing Nigeria, the Director called for a synergy between security agencies in order to help them win the fight against terrorism in the country.

Speaking at the workshop, Mr. AttahOchinke, the Cross River Commissioner for Justice, said that crime was no longer limited to one country, hence the need for an effective collaboration in the legal system of border countries.

He said that the workshop was organised to review and provide the legal framework to approach criminal prosecutions and investigations from a global perspective.

Ochinke appealed to members of the public to avail security agencies with timely and useful information in order to help them curb with the present security challenges.

Representative of UNODC, Ms. Mariam Sissoko, said that her office is working with the United Nation Member States to help strengthen their response to preventing and combating organised crime across the world.

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