CRIMJUST, WACAP and the Nigerian Drug Project implemented a Joint Training on Investigation and Prosecution of Organised Crime and Drug Trafficking Cases in Lagos, Nigeria.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 6:30pm

As a joint effort, UNODC ROSEN, UNODC Country Office Nigeria, particularly the ‘Response to Drugs and Related Organised Crime in Nigeria’ project, WACAP and CRIMJUST brought together criminal justice officials from Ghana and Nigeria, who work on cases of drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. Due to the many challenges that arise in police and judicial cooperation, regional networks and interregional initiatives serve an important role in facilitating international cooperation at formal and informal levels by building trust.

The objective of this event and training was to promote collaboration between criminal justice entities in both Ghana and Nigeria. It also served to increase the capacity of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges to enable them to work on long term responses to organized crime. The development and implementation of relevant jurisprudence and practices in line with national law and international and human rights standards were also covered in this training.

There were 30 participants in this training, among them, ten were women. Participants gained knowledge on how to approach drug trafficking cases, shared good practices, and exchanged information about their own judiciary systems and national criteria for cooperation. Tools and methodologies in a variety of areas were introduced to the participants.

From Brazil, a special guest speaker, Mr. Freitas, Federal Prosecutor and member of the Special Task Force designed to tackle Organized Crime and Corruption in Rio de Janeiro, talked about his daily practice of international judicial cooperation and highlighted Brazils success in cooperating with foreign authorities as well as the challenges they faced.

To conclude the training, a set of recommendations were adopted covering areas such as international and regional cooperation and capacity building.

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