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Nigeria ups ante against cybercrime

24 May 2013, 10:03Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Nigeria unveiled plans to establish a cyber security sector to combat rampant online crimes in the country.

Announcing the plan at a press conference, Nigeria's Director-General of  the National Information Technology Development Agency, Prof. Cleopas Angaye, said, “Our use of the internet has created new opportunities for espionage, both national and industrial, along with criminals who seek to access our personal and corporate secrets, steal our resources and intimidate internet-dependent governments and agencies."

He said the centre would also help First Lady, Patience Jonathan, effectively play her role as the Global Champion for Child Online Protection.

Jonathan was appointed as the United Nations ITU-IMPACT Global Champion on Child Online Protection recently.

Angaye said the appointment was a call on Nigeria to lead the fight against online crimes.

Recent events had shown that cybercrimes posed a significant threat to the nation’s security and economy, he added.

- CAJ News


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