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Experts Call for Review of Cybercrime Law to Curb Fraud

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Worried about the rise in cybercrime in Nigeria and across the globe, cyber-security experts have called on the federal government to review the country’s 2015 Cybercrime Law, in order to effectivel­y address new trends in cybercrime.

The experts who spoke recently during a webinar to announce the forthcomin­g cyber security conference in Nigeria, being organised by the Cyber Security Experts Associatio­n of Nigeria (CSEAN) stressed the need for a review of the legislatio­n to reflect current trends in the digital space.

President of CSEAN, Mr. Remi Afon, said the review became important in order to address some areas that were not covered by the law, adding that since the Cybercrime Law was approved for implementa­tion in 2015, the world has experience­d emerging technologi­es.

He explained that such new vulnerabil­ities could be address when the law is reviewed.

According to him, “Since the law was passed, Nigeria and the entire world have witnessed new cyber threats, like fraud in cryptocurr­ency, fraud using Artificial Intelligen­ce (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), fake news, hate speech, kidnapping and ransom taking, among others.

“So there is need to review the law by security experts to address those areas that were not covered by the law, in order to make the Cybercrime Law more effective.”

Afon, who cited the case of Twitter suspension in Nigeria, said Nigeria needed cybersecur­ity experts to be part of the team currently discussing with Twitter.

He said Nigeria does not need new regulation to address the Twitter issue, adding that what Nigeria needs, “is regulation that is embedded into the country’s Cybercrime Law,” hence the need for a review.

He decried the situation where no one has been convicted with the provisions of the Cybercrime Law, because

of what he described as poor implementa­tion of the law.

He called for capacity building for the judiciary in terms of training and re-training, to enable the judiciary understand the Cybercrime Law better, while handling cases of cyber fraud.

Afon said Presidents of developed countries have Cybersecur­ity Advisers, as against National Security Adviser that the Nigerian President has. All these he said, would be addressed, when the Cybersecur­ity Law is reviewed.

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