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23 June 2011

Developing inter-agency cooperation across Western Africa to combat counterfeiting focus of INTERPOL training

LAGOS, Nigeria – Identifying methods to improve regional cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the private sector was the focus of training seminar delivered by INTERPOL’s Intellectual Property Rights programme in Nigeria.

The three-day event (20-22 June) supported by the Nigerian Police with participants from Benin and Burkina Faso brought together more than 50 officials from police, customs, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Copyright Commission. The training included methodology in identifying, targeting and dismantling transnational organized crime groups involved in the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit goods.

In addition to Intellectual property crime experts from Nigeria and abroad (US Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement), representatives from the private sector also shared their experience and specialist knowledge as part of the seminar.

Organized with the support of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the three-day event is one of a series coordinated by INTERPOL throughout the word and is aimed at providing a stepping stone in developing inter-agency and cross-border cooperation to combat counterfeiting and all types of Intellectual Property crime.

More than 50 officers from police, customs and regulatory bodies from Benin, Burkina Faso and Nigeria took part in the three-day training.