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Tinubu meets FBI director in Abuja, says FG working hard to end terrorism

President Bola Tinubu has met with Christopher Asher Wray, the director of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

During the meeting on Friday at the State House in Abuja, Tinubu said Wray’s visit to Nigeria “conveys the importance of Nigeria and Nigerian partnership in the work of America’s law enforcement institutions and vice-versa”.

The president said Nigeria cannot achieve success in the war to eliminate crimes without collaboration with other countries.

”It is an honour for me to receive Director Christopher Wray, the leader of an organisation, that has demonstrated consistent procedural sophistication and a reputation for excellence over several years,” Tinubu was quoted as saying in a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, his media aide.

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“For us, it is a recognition of what stage we are at, who we are, and the level of interest both countries share in eliminating crimes locally and globally.

”We cannot achieve this important feat of eliminating crimes without collaboration.

“Incidentally, as the Chairman of ECOWAS, Nigeria is also collaborating with other West African countries to fight economic and other related crimes.”

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The president said his administration is using education as a tool to fight against poverty.

He urged the US government to assist developing countries in the fight against international crimes.

”We are working hard to eliminate terrorism, cybercrime, and sextortion,” the president added.

“I am glad that we have a good number of agencies that are involved in reducing these crimes to the barest minimum, and they are also well represented at this meeting.”

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On his part, the FBI director commended Tinubu for supporting the growing partnerships between Nigerian agencies and the FBI in the fight against crimes.

”We appreciate the president’s vision in countering terrorism in the region, which is a dangerous threat not only to the countries in the region but also to the United States,” Wray said.

”We appreciate your vision in re-engineering the role of the office of the NSA to effectively coordinate efforts on counter-terrorism, and this has already started to bear fruit in terms of the success you are recording against ISIS in West Africa and other terrorist groups.”

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