Jaiyeola Andrews in Abuja

The European Union (EU) and its partners said they have been developing a prison-based de-radicalisation programme and its guide as part of their support for the federal government in its effort at addressing terrorism.

De-radicalisation is a crucial element within the comprehensive Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programme launched by the federal government in March 2014.

EU said in a statement that Nigeria and its prison service had been facing an unprecedented new challenge with a category of prison inmates.

It listed the category of prison inmates as mainly members of the Boko Haram sect, suspected, charged and convicted under the Nigerian Terrorism Law.

“The Guide to the De-radicalisation programme, which has been developed through the commitment and experience of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the NPS with support from EU experts, is a milestone and key document in countering violent extremism.

“It provides a clear and well informed policy as well as a practical direction in order to realise goals of the programme in Nigeria. It is a fundamental basis for the establishment, implementation and monitoring of De-radicalisation programmes in Nigeria within and outside the prison environment.

“The Guide has the capacity to serve as example for other countries worldwide in defeating terrorist groups, preventing proliferation and addressing root causes that enable their evolution.

“It is a highly authoritative and valued response to the current security threats in Nigeria. This is a pioneering initiative in Nigeria to respond to urgent challenges.

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