The Nigeria government says it has tied a partnership with the Global Action Against Cybercrime (GLACY) in a push to check cybercrime activities.
Nigeria’s Ministry of Justice has inaugurated a GLACY team to check criminal activities carried out on the Internet, Abubakar Malami (SAN), Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice says.
The Minister, who inaugurated the 17-man team says the specific objective of GLACY is to enable criminal justice authorities engage in international cooperation on cybercrime and electronic evidence on the basis of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.
Malami says the Convention on Cybercrime, also known as the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime or the Budapest Convention, is the first international treaty seeking to address Internet and computer crime by harmonizing national laws, improving investigative techniques and increasing cooperation among nations.
“Malami says the Convention on Cybercrime, also known as the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime or the Budapest Convention, is the first international treaty seeking to address Internet and computer crime by harmonizing national laws, improving investigative techniques and increasing cooperation among nations.”
The Minister, who was represented by Mohammed Etsu Umar, Director Public Prosecution of the Federation assured the delegation from the Council of Europe of Nigeria’s continued commitment for partnership and collaboration in strengthening its capacity to tackle cybercrime.
According to him, Nigeria had taken steps through domestic policies and legislation to fight cybercrime while also pointing out that that the National Cyber Security Policy and Strategy was adopted on February 5, 2015 and its implementation had commenced.
He says that “The Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, etc) Act 2015 signed into law on 15th May, 2015 outlines the legal and institutional framework needed to drive the nation’s preparedness to fight cybercrime and protect Nigeria’s national interests in its engagements in cyberspace, and has made provisions for effective international cooperation.
“The Cybercrime Advisory Council was inaugurated on 20th April 2016 to reinforce the implementation of the Act. The process of approval for full accession to the Convention on Cybercrime is at an advanced stage.”
According to the Minister, “judging from the commitment, enthusiasm and sense of concern exhibited by all the Stakeholders you will be consulting with, I am convinced that the objectives of this visit will be met and our country would have taken a further crucial step in the fight against cybercrime, guided only by the desire to advance our common interests.”
He commended the Council of Europe, for the work and vision of helping to protect societies worldwide from the threat of cybercrime through the Convention on Cybercrime and its Protocol on Xenophobia and Racism, the work of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY) and the technical capacity building programmes on cybercrime and electronic evidence under the GLACY Project.
Earlier in his remarks, Matteo Lucchett, Project Manager, Cybercrime Programme Office (C-PROC) of the Council of Europe and Head of the Delegation, says the aim of the visit was to kick start a whole programme of activities bordering on capacity building through handling and tackling compelling issues of cybercrime as well as recording evidence.
According to him, its approach is building capacity in order to be strong in the regions, thereby reaching neighboring countries. Some Judges and Prosecutors under ECOWAS region participated in the training held in Ghana, he says while noting that continents like North America, Asia and Africa are participatory and that Nigeria is a strong candidate of GLACY Project, and one of the priority countries since he was invited. He added that the project would last till 2021 and it could be extended to one additional year.
Lucchetti noted that one of the goals of the GLACY is to establish a National Team that would carry out the activities and also to be at the entry point, and emphasized that collaboration of the National Team is an essential project in the fight against cybercrime.
The 17-man National Coordinating Team on GLACY inaugurated by the AGF is led by the Head, Cyber Crime Prosecution Unit (CCPU) of the Ministry, Mr. George- Maria Tyendezwa as the National Coordinator. Other members are; Tukur Mohammed, Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) of EFCC, Gilbert Tor and representatives from Military, Paramilitary, Federal High Court, National Judicial Institute (NJI), Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Central Bank of Nigeria, among others.