Terrorism: Nigeria, US, Others Set Up External Intelligence Response Unit

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Updated June 11, 2014

Mike-Omeri2An External Intelligence Response Unit (EIRU) has been established by Nigeria, Benin Republic, Cameroun, Chad, France, Niger, United Kingdom and the United States, as a fall out of the Paris summit.

A statement signed by the coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mr Mike Omeri, said the establishment of the unit followed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which member countries committed themselves to sharing all forms of information on security, particularly terrorism challenges.

Mr Omeri said that the move, initiated by Nigeria, was a major achievement in the fight against insurgency in the West African region and Nigeria in particular.

The team had met in Abuja last month to establish the framework that led to the signing of the MoU in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroun.

The intelligence unit is expected to receive, process  and provide relevant information that will help end the increasing terrorism in Nigeria and also help guard against the spread of attacks in Nigeria’s northeast to other West African countries.

A terrorist group, Boko Haram, has carried out series of attacks on villages, churches and schools in the north eastern part of Nigeria.

The group abducted over 200 girls from a school dormitory in Chibok, Borno State on April 14.

The abduction led to protests in some Nigerian states and condemnation from world leaders who pledged their support for Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.