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Lack of legislation against cybercrime is worrisome – Azinge

…proposes bills on terrorism, security, human rights

By Ise-Oluwa Ige

Abuja – The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) is worried over absence of any legislation against cybercrimes in the country in spite growing increase in the perpetration of the crimes in Nigeria.

The Director-General of the Institute, Prof Epiphany Azinge (SAN) who expressed the worry during a courtesy call on the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-Gen Serki Mukhtar (rtd) in Abuja said the absence of clear legislation on the crimes makes it possible for perpetrators of the crimes to go scot free.

He spoke on the issue at a time a member of House of Representatives, Hon Etim Bassey said the absence of clear cut legislation against cybercrimes in the country is itself criminal. Hon Bassey is representing Uyo Federal Constituency at the lower chambers of the National Assembly.

He said he is also working on similar bill to arrest incidence of cybercrimes in the country even as he is at the vanguard of a conference being planned by the House of Representatives and the National Judicial Institute (NJI) for judges over admissibility of electronic evidence to curb the menace in the country.

Prof Azinge (SAN) who agreed with Hon Etim said that there is now an urgent need for a clear-cut law against cybercrimes in the country to salvage the image of Nigeria in the international community.

Epiphany (SAN) who requested for collaboration with the National Security Adviser (NSA) for the purpose disclosed that his Institute has already begun working on a bill that will bring about an enduring legislation against cybercrimes in the country.

Professor Azinge who said the essence of his Institute’s visit to the Office of the NSA was to explore areas of collaboration with the National Security Adviser, observed that law and security are intertwined, stating that the Bill to be proposed will take terrorism, human rights and national security into consideration.


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