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  • Updated: June 14, 2024

President Tinubu seeks enhanced collaboration with FBI against cybercrime, terrorism

President Tinubu seeks enhanced collaboration with FBI again

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has sought for enhanced collaboration with the United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, against cybercrime and terrorism, among others.

The President stated this on Friday when he hosted the FBI Director, Christopher Asher Wray at the State House in Abuja.

Tinubu described the FBI Director's visit alongside his delegation as a recognition of the important long-standing collaboration that exists between Nigeria and the US in the fight against financial crimes.

He said: ''It is an honour for me to receive Director Christopher Wray, the leader of an organization that has demonstrated consistent procedural sophistication and a reputation for excellence over several years. 

"Your visit conveys the importance of Nigeria and Nigerian partnership in the work of America's law enforcement institutions and vice-versa. For us, it is a recognition of what stage we are at, who we are, and the level of interest both countries share in eliminating crimes locally and globally.

''We cannot achieve this important feat of eliminating crimes without collaboration. Incidentally, as the Chairman of ECOWAS, Nigeria is also collaborating with other West African countries to fight economic and other related crimes.

"We are working hard to eliminate terrorism, cybercrimes, 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."

Ajuri Ngelale, the President's Spokesperson disclosed this in a statement on Friday, adding that the FBI Director commended President Tinubu for sustaining the partnership between the two countries in terms of security.

He further assured the support of the FBI to Nigeria in counter-terrorism and cyber-enabled crimes, kidnapping and intelligence sharing among others.

He said: ''We appreciate the President’s vision in 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 fruits 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, and intelligence sharing. Our relationship with Nigeria is a very important one."

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