In Summary
  • On a visit to Abuja, Theresa May said tackling the "menace" from groups like Boko Haram was in the UK's interest.

  • She has also agreed a £10.5m package to help victims of modern slavery.

  • As part of this, the UK will provide counselling to up to 1,700 people who have been subjected to forced labour, domestic servitude and sexual abuse and help them re-integrate into their communities.

ABUJA,

The UK is to increase its military support to Nigeria to help protect its citizens and British workers in the country from terror attacks.

The Nigerian armed forces will be given specialist equipment and training to counter the use of improvised explosive devices by Islamist insurgents.

BOKO HARAM

On a visit to Abuja, Theresa May said tackling the "menace" from groups like Boko Haram was in the UK's interest.

She has also agreed a £10.5m package to help victims of modern slavery.

As part of this, the UK will provide counselling to up to 1,700 people who have been subjected to forced labour, domestic servitude and sexual abuse and help them re-integrate into their communities.

A joint initiative with France will also see the UK assist Nigeria and Niger strengthen their border cooperation to prevent trafficking of migrants to Libya and Europe.

After talks with President Muhammadu Buhari in the nation's capital Abuja, Mrs May announced the two countries had signed a defence and security partnership which could see the UK train, for the first time, full army units to combat insurgents in the north-east of Nigeria.

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