US Provides Over $2 Million in New Equipment to Boost Nigeria’s Nuclear Smuggling Capacity | The Guardian Nigeria News

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The U.S. government works closely with the Nigerian security services to provide technical assistance, equipment, professional exchange, and training opportunities that support efforts to create a more peaceful and prosperous nation.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, through its Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD), transferred five new mobile radiation detection systems from a worth over $2 million to the Nigerian police.

Police Commissioner for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (EOD-CBRN) Command, CP Zannah Shettima, received the donation on behalf of the Nigeria Police Force.

Complementing the donation, 30 police officers participated in a two-week training on the operation of detection equipment, thus ensuring the police have the necessary skills to combat the smuggling of nuclear and radioactive materials. Ten additional officers were trained in the maintenance of the donated equipment.

Speaking at an outdoor handover ceremony in Lagos, US Consulate Deputy Regional Security Officer Jon Dvorak described the equipment donation as an important step in advancing the strong security cooperation between the United States and Nigeria.

Dvorak noted that the transfer of equipment and associated trainings will enhance the ability of the police to interdict the smuggling of nuclear and radioactive materials into and within Nigeria.

“Nigeria remains a key partner of the United States in the fight against the smuggling of illicit nuclear and radioactive materials,” Dvorak said. “Nigeria stands tall not just in Africa, but globally, in its commitment to preventing the trafficking and use of materials that pose a threat to health and safety.”

He expressed the US government’s commitment to expand partnership with other Nigerian security services to directly support nuclear smuggling operations and modernized training capabilities.

The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Contraband Detection and Deterrence is to enhance global capabilities to detect, disrupt, and investigate the smuggling of nuclear and radioactive materials before they can be used in a act of terrorism. The office partners with more than 100 agencies in more than 70 countries around the world.

The equipment donation is part of a close and ongoing bilateral partnership between the United States and Nigeria that has existed for decades to strengthen security ties and promote regional security. U.S. law enforcement programs focus on building partner capacity, strengthening strategic relationships, and building Nigeria’s security capabilities.

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