The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) Train the Trainers workshop which was organised in conjunction with United Nations Development Project (UNDP) with the support of the Japanese Government is designed to further equip the Law enforcement agents to assume the role of trainers, facilitators and experts in counter-terrorism trainings that are tailored to address the issues of victim and witness protection, de-radicalization and peace building process.
The four day training course with a total of seven working sessions which took place from 10th -13th of April, 2017 at the Rockview Hotel, Abuja had in attendance the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, representative of the United Nations Development Project, representative of the Japanese government, Prof Adedeji Adekunle (the Director General of NIALS), Prof Peter Akper, Dr Ibe Okegbe Ifeakandu, representatives of Federal Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), the Nigerian Prison Service, the National Judicial Institute and the Counter- Terrorism and Anti-Bomb squad units of the Armed Forces.
The training also featured robust discussions from experts such as Prof Adedeji Adekunle, DG,NIALS, Prof Peter Akper, SAN (Director of Research NIALS), Prof Joy Ezeilo, Dr Ibe Okegbe Ifeakandu (NIALS), Dr Abiodun Odusote and Mr David Oluwagbami (NIALS)who addressed issues of General Legal Framework for the Protection of Civilians in Non-International Armed Conflict: Applicable International Humanitarian Norms in Non-International Armed Conflicts, Accountability for Grave Breaches of IHL, Violations of IHL and IHR, Convergence of IHL and IHR in International Criminal Justice: Remedies, Reparations and Compensation for Victims of Violation of International Human Rights (IHR) Law and International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Overview of Terrorism Prevention Act, 2011 as amended in 2013, Deradicalisation and Counter-Terrorism Efforts in Nigeria, National Counter Terrorism Strategy and De-radicalisation, Arrest, Detention and Trial of Terrorist Suspects, General Requirements and Safeguards Relating to Arrest and Detention in Criminal Justice Context under the ACJA, 2015, National Legislation, Due Process and Fundamental Principles Relating to Victim and Witness Protection, Legal and Administrative Framework for Witnesses and Victim Protection in Nigeria, Support, Protection, Compensation and Participation for Victims and Witnesses and CVE and De-radicalisation tools.
The Training similarly featured mock trials, role-plays, case study, group work and plenary sessions which were a follow-up of the papers presented. For better engagement, the participants were split into groups (breakout sessions) for easy management, teasing out of ideas and to ensure information sharing among participants.