DSS, NSA, EFCC move to cut off terrorism financing

The Department of State Services (DSS), the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have identified cut off the finances of terrorists as a major way of tackling terrorism in the country.

The stakeholders arrived at the resolution at a workshop for officers drawn from the DSS, ONSA, EFCC, ICPC, Immigration, Customs, and Judges among others.

The Director-General of DSS, Yusuf Magaji Bichi, who spoke on Tuesday at the closing ceremony of a workshop on: “Terrorism Financing Risk (TFR)”, designed for law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and judicial officers at the DSS headquarters, Abuja, declared that the cutting off terrorism funding would bring an end to the activities of terrorists in the country.

The DG called for collaboration in intelligence gathering and sharing among security agencies in order to tackle the challenges of terrorism financing.

On the first day of the workshop, Bichi had stated that, “the ever-changing nature and sophistication of threats makes it imperative for security operatives to be critical thinkers in order to fashion out better and efficient ways to tackling threats. Among the evolving global crimes, is money laundering and terrorism financing, which requires the development of a working National Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regime for the country”.

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