Germany to train Nigeria’s security agencies

David Adekunle, Lagos

The German government has offered to assist Nigeria in training its security agencies and also exchange intelligence that will help the fight against insurgency in the north-east.

The offer is part of efforts to curb terrorists’ activities in Nigeria.

German Deputy Minister of Defence, Dr. Ralf Brauksiepe, this known in Abuja while delivering a lecture at the National Defence College.

Dr. Brauksiepe said the effect of globalisation required effective cooperation of all countries, as terrorism remained a major threat to humanity.

The German envoy decried the increasing cases of piracy, poverty and organised crime in Africa.

Military cooperation
He promised that Germany would continue to support African countries in the fight against terrorism, piracy and other forms of criminality creating conflict.

The Commandant of the National Defence College, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, recollected the relationship between Germany and Nigeria, saying it had been mutually beneficial to both countries.

At the end of the lecture, the German Minister and the Commandant said the benefit of military cooperation between Germany and Nigeria was enormous.

With the issue of global terrorism, piracy and maritime security is remaining a major challenge.

The National Defence College participants drawn from different parts of Africa are expected to come up with policies that would help address some of these challenges.