Interagency Cooperation, Border Security Management and Advanced Passenger Information System Implementation in Nigeria
Published on 15th March, 2022
Between June 2021 and the first months of 2022, Protective Intelligence Network Team, in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration in Abuja (Nigeria), supported the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and other Nigerian law enforcement, Intelligence, and government agencies in the preparation of a specialised curriculum and training manual on Interagency Cooperation in the frame of Border Security Management and Transnational Crime Investigations.
The project focused on five major Nigerian international airports; the training curriculum aimed also to support the implementation of Advanced Passenger Information (API) systems and the creation of an investigative secondary inspection structure at the international airports.
Several training modules and exercises - with particular focus on interagency cooperation at the border and the security exploitation of Advanced Passenger Information Data - were included in the specialised curriculum, which also included training on Intelligence Gathering, Criminal Analysis, Trafficking in Person, Surveillance, Smuggling Concealment methods.
Welll considering the role of intelligence as a key ingredient in effective enforcement, it is also important to stress the benefits that can be gained from the efficient use of Information Technology (i.e. computerized passenger screening/clearance systems).
The deployment of such systems, incorporating passenger selection criteria developed on the basis of high quality intelligence, can and do have a very positive effect on enforcement activities worldwide and the fight of terrorism and transnational organised crime.