Nigeria, United States, Britain and five other countries have set up an External Intelligence Response Unit, EIRU, to fast track the fight against Boko Haram terrorists in the country.
This was even as 18 Sudanese and 30 Nigeriens, some Chadians and Libyans were said to be among about 1,000 Boko Haram insurgents currently being detained at the various detention facilities across the country.
Other members of the EIRU are France, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.
A statement by the Coordinator of the National Information Centre, NIC, in Abuja yesterday, Mr. Mike Omeri, said the EIRU was set up following a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed by all the member countries in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon.
Omeri’s statement, entitled Terrorism: Nigeria, US, others set up External Intelligence Response Unit, read: “As a fall out of the Paris summit, an EIRU has been established by Nigeria, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, United Kingdom, France and the United States.
“This followed the signing of an MoU in which member countries committed themselves to sharing all forms of information on security, particularly terrorism challenges, a move initiated by Nigeria.
“The development is a major achievement in the fight against insurgency in the West African sub-region and Nigeria in particular.
“The member countries met in Abuja last month to establish the framework that led to the signing of the MoU in Yaounde.