Somali spy chief, visiting Nigerian counterpart sign cooperation deal

Director-General of National Intelligence Agency of Nigeria Ahmed Rufai Abubakar has arrived in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Abubakar arrived in the country on Tuesday for a two-day visit where he held talks with his Somali counterpart, Fahad Yasin, during which the two officials discussed key areas of mutual cooperation.

The directors of Somalia’s National Intelligence and Security Agency and the Nigerian Intelligence Agency later signed a cooperation agreement between the two agencies in various related fields.

Somalia and Nigeria deal with similar security challenges resulting from terror groups such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram respectively.

Their cooperation in the sector of security will be the first step forward in limiting insurgency tactics deployed by extremist groups.

The Nigerian National Police are also part of the Africa Union peacekeeping unit that trains the Somali police force.

In a recent weeks, security intelligence delegations from Djibouti, Qatar, Ethiopia and Sudan have arrived in Mogadishu exchanging security experiences with Somalia in the fight against terrorism.