Nigeria’s Cybercrime Act needs Amendment – Senate Committee

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The Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime on Tuesday said that the present law on cybercrime in Nigeria should be reviewed to meet the standard in developed countries.

The chairman of the committee , Abdulfatai Buhari, Oyo-APC, expressed this while addressing the press.

The briefing , he noted, was to welcome invite journalists and the members of the public to a three-day meeting on ICT and cyber crime.

He said the gathering is essential to effect a review of the Cyber-crime Act which he depicted as “Scanty .”

If you remember, in March 2015 the former President signed a bill on cybercrime but when you look at the bill, it is very scanty. So, we came up with a bill which has passed through first reading,” he said.

“Our intention is that if you take the bill for second reading without the input of experts, you are just wasting your time. We need to study how other countries are implementing their cybercrime law. Most people don’t even know that we have a cybercrime law in this country. That’s one of the reason for this conference. We want to gather every knowledge so as to prepare the bill for the second reading. By the time we are coming for the public hearing, the bill will be so rich and we’ll have something to fall back on.”

Mr. Buhari further stated that the cybercrime bill should be reviewed in order to prepare the country for impending dangers.

“In the last couple of months, a lot of attack has been going on worldwide and this brings to fore the question of how safe the Nigeria’s cyberspace is. We discussed a motion and we decided that we don’t have to fold our arms and wait until there is an attack before we act. We decided to take a preventive measure. If the developed world is been attacked day in day out, there is a need for us to strengthen our cyberspace.

“In Germany, there is a ministry entirely dedicated to cybercrime, the same thing in USA. Last year alone, the British government budgeted four billion pounds to fight cybercrime because they know the implication.”

The official said it isn’t right to call an individual a “yahoo boy” as no law recognizes such tag.

He said the gathering will hold between November 6 and 9.