Tinubu Assures FBI Nigeria Working Hard To Eliminate Terrorism and Cybercrime

Tinubu meets FBI director

In order to combat cybercrime, terrorism, and other associated crimes, President Bola Tinubu has asked for more cooperation between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the United States and Nigeria’s law enforcement authorities.

He called FBI Director Christopher Asher Wray on Friday at the presidential villa in Abuja, telling him that Nigeria is making great efforts to combat terrorism, cybercrime, and sextortion.

President Tinubu described the FBI Director’s team’s presence in Nigeria as a recognition of the long-standing partnership between Nigeria and the United States in the fight against financial crimes and terrorism

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Receiving Director Christopher Wray, the head of an organization with a track record of competence and constant procedural sophistication over a number of years, is an honour for me. The significance of relationships between Nigeria and the United States in the operations of American law enforcement agencies is demonstrated by your visit, and vice versa. For us, it’s an acknowledgment of our current position, our identity, and the degree to which both nations are committed to eradicating crime on a local and international scale.

Together, we can accomplish this significant goal of eradicating crimes. In addition, Nigeria is working with other West African nations to combat economic and other related crimes in its capacity as the Chairman of ECOWAS, the President stated.

Tinubu told the FBI Director that his administration had prioritized education as a tool against poverty, which is generally believed to be a driver of criminal activities.

”We are working hard to eliminate terrorism, cybercrime, and sextortion, and I am glad that we have a good number of agencies that are involved in reducing these crimes to the barest minimum, and they are also well represented at this meeting,” the President said.

Noting that no single country can combat financial crimes in isolation, President Tinubu called on the United States to support developing countries with the requisite technology and knowledge transfer required to combat complex international crimes.

In his remarks, Director Wray said he was in the country to enhance the “outstanding partnership” that exists between the government of Nigeria and the government of the United States.

He lauded President Tinubu for supporting the growing partnerships between various agencies of government and the FBI in order to protect the citizens of both countries.

”We appreciate the President’s vision for countering terrorism in the region, which is a dangerous threat not only to the countries in the region but also to the United States.

”We appreciate your vision in re-engineering the role of the Office of the NSA to effectively coordinate efforts on counter-terrorism, and this has already started to bear fruit in terms of the success you are recording against ISIS in West Africa and other terrorist groups.

”We appreciate your support and collaboration on cyber-enabled crimes and sextortion, which has unfortunately resulted in a few tragic deaths in the United States.

”I want to assure you of our support, whether it is on counter-terrorism, cyber-enabled crimes, kidnapping, joint investigations, or intelligence sharing. Our relationship with Nigeria is a very important one,” the FBI Director concluded.

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