The United States government has stated that it will continue to collaborate closely with Nigeria’s security agencies on technical support, equipment, professional exchange, and training opportunities.
The Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence (NSDD) of the US Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration gave five new mobile radiation detection devices costing $2 million to the Nigeria Police Force on Friday (NPF).
The donation was accepted by Zannah Shettima, Commissioner of Police, Explosive Ordinance Disposal and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (EOD-CBRN) Command.
Forty cops received instruction on how to handle and maintain the equipment, ensuring that they are equipped to resist nuclear and radioactive material smuggling.
During the transfer ceremony in Lagos, U.S. Consulate Assistant Regional Security Officer Jon Dvorak described the donation as a significant step forward in the robust security partneRship between the United States and Nigeria.
The equipment training, according to the official, will improve the police’s ability to prevent the smuggling of nuclear and radioactive material into and out of the country.
Dvorak stated that the US government is committed to expanding its relationship with other Nigerian security forces in order to combat nuclear smuggling efforts.
The Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence of the US Department of Energy develops the global capability to detect, disrupt, and investigate nuclear and radioactive material smuggling in order to prevent its use for terrorism