Terrorism: Share intelligence with Nigeria, Defence Minister Tells US

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The Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Bello Muhammed Matawalle has called on the United States, US, for more collaboration to share security intelligence with Nigeria in order to fight banditry and terrorism in the country.

The Minister made the request when he hosted the Assistant Secretary for Defence for African Affairs at the US Department of Defence, Jennifer Zakriski and her team at Ship House.

Matawalle listed out areas of possible collaborations to include intelligence sharing aimed at bolstering the fight against insecurity in Nigeria.

He noted that the information and intelligence the US uses in sending early warning to her citizens in  countries with crises, can be shared with Nigeria, to warn of impending attack by terrorists.

Matawalle said: “It is indeed a privilege to welcome you and your team to Nigeria. Our discussion today underscores the importance of collaboration and intelligence sharing in tackling common security challenges.

“Nigeria values its partnership with the United States, and we are committed to enhancing our cooperation in defence matters for the mutual benefit of our nations.”

The meeting which witnessed robust and in-depth discussions on intelligence sharing, aims to foster renewed commitment in strengthening the longstanding partnership between Nigeria and the United States in defence and security cooperation.

In her remarks, Jennifer Zakriski expressed appreciation for the warm reception and reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to supporting Nigeria in addressing security concerns.

She stated, “Nigeria is a key partner for the United States in Africa, and our collaboration is vital in addressing shared security threats.

“Today’s meeting marks another milestone in our efforts to strengthen defense ties and enhance regional security.”

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