Train The Trainer Course On Criminal Justice Responses To Terrorism. Four staff of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) were beneficiaries of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) train-the-trainer Course on Criminal Justice responses to Terrorism.
The training was conducted under the UNODC implemented project titled – ‘Assisting Nigeria to Strengthen Criminal Justice Response to Terrorism’. The project is a joint partnership between the European Union (EU), Nigeria, UNODC and the United Nations Counter-
Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and it is funded by the EU.
The Other Participants for the Course were drawn from Nigerian Bar Association, Nigeria Judicial Institute, The Department of State Security Service, Nigerian Police Force and Prosecutors from the Ministry of Justice amongst others.
The Course involved the consideration of various International and municipal laws regulating terrorism. The municipal laws considered included: the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 (as amended), the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, the Child’s Right Act, the Evidence Act, etc. The aim of looking at these laws was to ascertain conformity with various international treaties to which Nigeria is signatory and to identify gaps and over laps in the laws.
The training was in four segments. The first segment of the training started in July 2016. The three other segments of the training held in August 2016, November 2016 and January 2017. Some of the topics covered during the Course include: Counter Terrorism and Human Rights-Incorporation of International Law into Nigerian Law, Human Rights Aspects of Special Investigation Techniques, Detention of Terrorism Suspects, Prohibition of Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment amongst others.
The Course was particularly beneficial to the participants in several respects. The training module was very practical, participants learnt how to identify a knowledge gap through analysis of data via administration of questionnaires, participants also learnt how to design training modules by identifying the training output and input. Participants emerged from the Course richly equipped on how to conduct similar styled trainings in different forums.