Nigeria has sealed a deal with the United States of America, Chad Republic and other neighbouring countries to check the increasing spate of terrorist attacks in the country.
A US embassy Information Officer, Deborah Maclean, in an e-mail to PUNCH, explained that the US was working with the Nigeria Police Force on forensic investigation and detection of explosives before their detonation.
She further said police spokespersons were included in the training on public outreach, provision of anti-terrorist training, information and expertise sharing, and other technical assistance they needed.
Maclean, however, said the US did not plan to deploy drones to assist Nigerian security agencies. According to her, the US government will continue to provide assistance on request by the Nigerian government.
Similarly, the Federal Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chadian government to track terrorists and to thwart terror plots and attacks in Nigeria.
A senior official at the Chadian Embassy in Abuja, Dr. Mahatma Niam, confirmed the partnership and security collaboration to SUNDAY PUNCH. He added that the MoU was signed two weeks ago. He, however, declined to give details of the MoU between Chad and Nigeria.
However, the Nigeria Immigration Service and the Nigeria Customs Service had, at different fora, decried the free movement of persons and goods across Nigerian borders. The agencies had attributed their failure to stop illegal influx of foriegners to the porous nature of the borders.