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UK Offers To Help Nigeria Over Insecurity

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The United Kingdom has expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in Nigeria and called for its contribution to tackling the security crisis.

The announcement was made by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, who said London was committed to helping Nigeria in its fight against terrorism.

“We are extremely concerned about the deteriorating security situation.

“I mean Nigeria is facing a lot of problems everywhere – in the North-east, terrorism; in the North-west, banditry, kidnapping; in the Middle Belt, the farmers-herders conflict; in the South, the Niger Delta conflict everywhere.

Laing said the UK was trying to help with training, campaign planning and how to counter improvised explosive devices.

“Well, we are here to support and help. We have the military team here, who came here after the Chibok girls were kidnapped actually. We are still here, training the Nigerian military, helping them to do campaign planning, how to counter IEDs,” Laing said.

She added that the recent visit of the UK’s Minister of Armed Forces, James Heappey, during which he interacted with the Nigerian government at the highest level, including the service chiefs, also showed the commitment of the UK government to assist Nigeria in combating insecurity.