Project TERMINUS: INTERPOL Washington launches new phase of support to Nigeria

The United States National Central Bureau (USNCB) has launched a new phase in its ongoing efforts to assist the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to improve its border security capabilities.

The U.S. National Central Bureau, since 2020, has remotely provided technical assistance to Nigerian Immigration Service under Project TERMINUS, which was established in 2018 with a partnership between the USNCB and the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism.

On March 3, 2022, the USNCB completed the configuration and deployment of a National Dedicated Server Database (DSD) in Nigeria as requested by the NIS in December 2021.

Project TERMINUS, according to USNCB Director, Michael Hughes, provides expert technical assistance available to countries seeking to integrate access to INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents Database (SLTD) into their national border security.

This includes information sharing systems to help screen against the illicit international travel of transnational criminals and terrorists.

The National Dedicated Server Database (DSD), as it was explained in a press release through U.S’s Department of Justice, INTERPOL Washington on Monday, would provide the Nigerian Immigration Service with a serviceable national database of lost and stolen documents compatible with uploading into the INTERPOL Stolen and Lost Travel Document (SLTD) database.

This launch marked the continuation of more than 12 months of collaboration between the USNCB, the U.S. Department of State, INTERPOL, and the Government of Nigeria.

“The USNCB is pleased to continue our partnership with the U.S. Department of State to provide tools and technologies that assist our international law enforcement partners in improving their border security. Project TERMINUS contributes to the ability of all INTERPOL member countries to more effectively secure their borders against transnational threats,” USNCB Director said.

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