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Nigeria, Commonwealth launch fresh move to tackle cybercrime

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CybercrimeMinister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has promised that the Federal Government is committed to defeating the negative effects of cybercrime in the country.

He noted that a lot of fraud is being committed in the banking sector through the internet, and foreigners have become victims of those crimes.

Speaking with journalists in Abuja yesterday, at the national cybercrime workshop organized by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisations (CTO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications, Shittu said a lot of fraud goes on in the banking sector and a lot of people have been defrauded, particularly foreigners, using internet. He stressed that the workshop was designed to find all the means of ensuring that cybercrime is completely exterminated.

Shittu said: ”Everything that requires to be put into it to defeat cybercrime and to exterminate it completely we will do. The valid purpose of this workshop is to design means and try to identify the various aspects and the various modes of committing crimes through the cyberspace.”

According to him, modern societies are increasingly getting dependent on, and addicted to ICT and cyberspace due majorly to their capacity for life and community improvement, efficiency enhancement, cost reduction and prompt and far-reaching access to information. Shittu added that this dependence and addiction will ensure that more and more valuable resources are daily being located in, relocated to and operated from cyberspace.

“Today, cyberspace is the world’s prime hub of information storage, infrastructure control, smart economic management, recreational resources, social networking and even the prosecution of deadly warfare.
This wealth of resources, in dwelling cyberspace, is the force that is unwittingly driving the daily expansion of the phenomenon of cybercrime which, in turn, is driving the need for cyber security”.


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