Abuja - Israel has pledged to assist Nigeria in tackling cyber-crime
and internal security through the use of latest technology.
Israel’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Guy Feldman, made the
promise at a Conference on Homeland and Cyber Security in Abuja on Friday .
The envoy, who decried the menace of cyber-crimes across
the world, stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to address the trend
He said Israel, although a small country, had vast
experience in cyber security due to its technology and human capital
Feldman described Nigeria as the “Lion of Africa’’ which
deserves all the supports from the international community to evolve a virile
and prosperous nation.
“Israel as a country has suffered from cyber-attacks, but it
is not a problem for us but a challenge. This is because we have the
technology and human resources to deal with the challenge’’, he said.
He emphasised the need to deploy hi-tech technology,
surveillance cameras and security gadgets to strategic financial and oil
He said both countries were already discussing on how to
strengthen ties and enhance business/security relations. He said that Nigeria
could use the current recession and drop in oil prices to diversify its economy
and focus on agriculture.
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“Nigeria is blessed with a lot of arable land, water,
natural resources and population unlike Israel which is a small country’’, he
The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman
Dambazau stressed the need for cyber security to safeguard the nation.
Represented by retired Brig.-Gen. Saleh Bala, Dambazzau
said Nigeria would continue to collaborate with Israel and other foreign
countries to develop the nation.
Mr Aviad Marco, an Israeli security expert, who delivered a
lecture on Tackling Cyber Crime, described the phenomenon as a new form of
Marco said that the activities of hackers, especially on
sensitive database of a country could bring a country down if not checkmated.
He said Israel was ready to support Nigeria in fortifying
its sensitive data base and protect critical national assets, using the latest
Marco said that Israel had collaborated with the Lagos state
government in addressing some of its security and traffic issues and was ready
to do same with the Federal Government.
The conference which was jointly organised by the Israeli
embassy and the Ministry of Interior was attended by security experts and Non-Governmental
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