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EU announces EUCAP Sahel Niger extension

23 July 2014, 06:39

Lagos - The Council of the European Union announced the extension of the mandate of the EUCAP Sahel Niger by a year.

EUCAP Sahel Niger, which is the EU’s local Common Security and Defence Policy EU CSDP mission, has been extended to July 15 2016 amid rising terror.

The mission provides advice and training to support the Nigerien authorities in strengthening their capacities for combating terrorism and organised crime.

The mission works to promote the interoperability of Nigerien security forces, to develop criminal investigation capacities, to facilitate coordination in the fight against terrorism and organised crime as well as to improve the sustainability of the security forces. So far, around 3000 members of the country’s internal security forces, army and judiciary have been trained.

Around 50 international experts from 11 EU member states work in the mission, which is based in Niamey. Since May 2014, Filip de Ceuninck has been Head of Mission.

The extension of the mission’s mandate follows rising incidents of terror perpetrated by the notorious Boko Haram group.

This year, the terror has claimed more than 2 000 people.

The intervention of some foreign countries to partner Nigeria eliminate the group has met mixed fortunes.

– CAJ News


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