Following the training of trainers received in Lagos in 2016, a national transference session was organized for competent authorities such as the Nigerian Customs Service, NAPTIP, EFCC, INTERPOL and Police. The role of Central Authority, MLA and Extradition requests and inter agency cooperation were the main topics of discussion. With the help of the modules distributed at the training, the facilitators were able to teach and communicate efficiently. At the end of the training the participants were all well informed on the MLA and Extradition processes and better understood the role and functions of the central authority unit. Also, some challenges have been resolved, for example the friction between lawyers and the police and/or investigators has dropped tremendously.
Geraldine Okafor, former WACAP focal point
Four Nigerian students were detained in Ghana in 2014. The trial of the students was delayed as a result of the usual bottleneck occasioned in prosecution. I met the Ghanaian Attorney General who was present in one of the WACAP meetings held in Ghana and discussed the case with her. She directed me to the Director of Public Prosecutions who was a WACAP focal point and the prosecutor handling the case, who was also a member of WACAP. I was advised on what to do and the channel through which facilitated the release from detention of those students. Less than three months thereafter, the case was concluded.
The Nigerian Central Authority unit was created in May 2012 and since then and its success cannot be recounted without reference to the huge support provided by the West African network for Central Authorities and Prosecutors (WACAP) in so many ways. The following results were obtained:
- Training workshops organised by the network facilitated the acquisition of skills for not only the CAU staff but the various Competent Authorities for international cooperation.
- International travels and engagements with the UNODC and other public international organizations thereby enhancing a wider network of contacts
- Successful and historic extradition between Nigeria and Benin Republic of a Nigerian citizen needed to stand trial for the murder of his girlfriend.
- Improved informal communication and cooperation between the West African states community as a result of bringing the country players together in the many workshops, trainings and meetings.
- The train the trainer program has impacted Nigeria in organizing further local and inhouse trainings for a larger number of officers of the various Competent Authorities.