The IIJ hosted a Prison Intelligence Regional Workshop in Abujua, Nigeria, from 9 – 12 April, during which 43 criminal justice practitioners from 16 East and West African countries toured the Kuje Prison, where defendants charged with terrorism crimes are housed. The workshop, co-organized by Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and funded by the US State Department, is one of many programs under the IIJ’s Prison Management Core Initiative. The IIJ designed the workshop specifically to address the needs of Corrections Officials in East and West Africa, upon the request of Nigeria’s MOJ following a Counterterrorism Prison Intelligence Program held in Malta in July 2017. The Abuja Workshop provided a platform for participants to discuss and share national experiences on topics including Prison Risk Assessment Tools; Human Intelligence; Safeguarding Intelligence; Recruiting and Using Informants; and the benefits of a Multi-Agency Approach to Prison Intelligence. International, Regional, and Local Experts gave presentations and facilitated completion of Africa-specific hypothetical exercises that challenged participants to develop strategies addressing threats of radicalization and potential terrorist attacks in prison.
For more information on this workshop please contact Program Manager, Monique Kamies.