25 - 26 June, 2019
Lagos, Nigeria

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 25 June 2019

8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration, refreshments and networking

9:00 am - 9:10 am Chairman’s welcome and opening remarks

Countering transnational threats in West Africa

Increasing links between cross-border narcotics and human trafficking and other forms of transnational organised crime and insurgency across Africa imperil not only the rule of law, economic development efforts, the promotion of trade and investment, but help to fuel greater instability and insecurity.

9:10 am - 9:20 am KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Establishing a national security strategy and implementation plan

General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin - Chief of Defence Staff, Nigerian Armed Forces *(APC)

General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin

Chief of Defence Staff
Nigerian Armed Forces *(APC)

9:20 am - 9:40 am Countering violent extremism and criminal organisations from a joint perspective

Brigadier General NK Kporku - Director General of Joint Operations, Ghana Armed Forces
  • Uncovering the breeding grounds of indoctrination
  • Determining the effective soft and hard power approaches to isolate threats
  • Increasing the capabilities of joint operations to eradicate insurgencies

Brigadier General NK Kporku

Director General of Joint Operations
Ghana Armed Forces

9:40 am - 10:00 am Custom-designed solutions for an enhanced border and maritime security

  • Radar systems for the surveillance of coastal and pre-frontier areas
  • Affordable and easily deployable technologies coastal border surveillance
  • Expanded aerial surveillance and on-water patrols solutions
  • Facilitating reliable communication channels inter and intra-state
  • Coordinating joint command and control on joint operations
  • Intelligence sharing and timely threat detection and reporting

Major General Sekou Touré

Chief of Defence Staff
Ivory Coast Armed Forces


Lieutenant General Obed Akwa

Chief of Defence Staff
Ghana Armed Forces


General Oumarou Sadou

Chief of Defence Staff
Burkina Faso Armed Forces


Colonel Mahamadou Baraze

Chief of Army Staff
Niger Armed Forces *(APC)

10:20 am - 11:00 am Ribbon-cutting ceremony by senior official followed by exhibition tour & networking coffee break

Overcoming the threat of IEDs and landmines

Currently 179 life-saving mine action projects are taking place in 22 countries, many of which are in Africa however this despicable form of violence and the innocent victims it claims require, now more than ever, to concentrate our efforts in clearing infested areas and educating about how populations can better protect themselves.

11:00 am - 11:20 am Integrating new technologies to minimise danger for human resources

Major General Adekunle Shodunke - Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation, Nigerian Armed Forces
  • Utilising drones to map out mine infested areas
  • The odd case of training animals to locate mines
  • Using large minesweeping vehicles in congested forest terrain

Major General Adekunle Shodunke

Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation
Nigerian Armed Forces

11:20 am - 11:40 am Mine clearing technologies

  • Manual demining equipment solutions
  • Remote control systems for safe mechanical demining
  • Man-carried and vehicle-mounted line charges

11:40 am - 12:00 pm Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) training and awareness

General Mohamed Znagui - Security and Defence Expert, G5 Sahel
  • Build nationwide counter-improvised explosive device (IED) core capabilities
  • Branch-specific tasks critical to combatant commanders to be developed in the formal Army training development process

General Mohamed Znagui

Security and Defence Expert
G5 Sahel

Enhancing C4ISR to fortify border security

Porous borders are common in the region, resulting in cross border crimes and instability. A high level of porosity makes countries easily penetrable by smugglers of drugs, weapons and contrabands. Security is a paramount aspect at the border. It requires protective measures to combat any activity that can endanger lives and property, or put the integrity of a country into question.

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm Interpol’s future plans to limit illegal border crossing

Mr. Olushola Kamar Subair - Head of Interpol and Commissioner of Police, Interpol Nigeria
  • The importance of surveillance into tracking and deterring insurgents
  • Future procurement plans to maximise the agency’s capabilities
  • Feedback from operations and best practice on facing operational challenges

Mr. Olushola Kamar Subair

Head of Interpol and Commissioner of Police
Interpol Nigeria

12:20 pm - 12:40 pm Networking coffee break

  • How to turn crossing borders into a disadvantage for terrorists
  • Experience sharing on guerilla war in harsh territories
  • Maritime borders and how to secure sea trade routes and critical infrastructure.

Mr. Olushola Kamar Subair

Head of Interpol and Commissioner of Police
Interpol Nigeria


Mrs. Mampho Mokhele

Lesotho Ministry of Police and Public Safety, Lesotho


Senior Representative

Benin Ministry of Defence

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm SPECIAL SESSION Building legal capacity to counter transnational threats in West Africa: Requirements and potential

Senior Representative - ., Senegal Ministry of Defence

Senior Representative

Senegal Ministry of Defence

Prison services modernisation and upgraded standards

Across West Africa prisons need to be redesigned giving priority to their correctional character and making sure that sentencing criminals does not result with their return on the streets a few years down with even deeper established criminal networks. On the same time, to do so security levels for the personnel need to be fortified with the procurement of the adequate equipment necessary to enable them to operate in a daily dangerous environment.

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm Research, monitoring and evaluation of the current systems and planning for future improvements

Francis Omane-Addo - Commanding Officer, Ghana Prisons Service
  • Prisons as correctional facilities; reforming criminals into useful members for the society
  • Procurement plans for armoured, transport and logistics vehicles to improve own capability

Francis Omane-Addo

Commanding Officer
Ghana Prisons Service

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm Chairman’s closing remarks

2:00 pm - 2:00 pm VIP executive lunch, networking and end of day one

The published programme is correct at time of printing. However, given the seniority of our speakers and the nature of their roles, speakers may subsequently substitute or remove themselves from the programme. This is always regrettable, and we will always try to replace the speaker with a speaker with equivalent insight.