CHAIRMAN, Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari has disclosed that Nigeria has been ranked third in global internet crimes coming after United States of America and United Kingdom respectively.
The Senator also revealed that the country loses about #127 billion annually to cybercrime, while the figure represents 0.8% of the country’s GDP.
Buhari in a lecture delivered at the Lead City University Faculty of Law lecture recently in Ibadan entitled ‘Legislative Commitment and Cybercrime’ maintained that the figure will continue to grow unless the National Assembly act fast and intensifies its efforts in preventing this unwholesome act.
In his words, “Nigeria has been ranked third in global internet crimes coming after United States of America and United Kingdom respectively. In the year 2015, the Information Security Society of Nigeria (ISSAN) revealed that 25% of the cybercrimes in Nigeria are unresolved and that 7.5% of the world’s hackers are Nigerians”.
“In 2014 alone, EFCC reported that customers in Nigeria lost about 6 billion naira to cyber criminals, while NDIC (2015) showed a 183% increase on the e-payment platform in Nigerian banks”.
He continued, “In a similar development, the CBN (2015) report showed that 70% of attempted or successful fraud/forgery cases in Nigeria banking system were perpetrated via the electronic channels. Banks in Nigeria have lost approximately #159 billion to electronic frauds and cybercrime between 2000 and 2013 and the impact on the nation’s economy and cash less policy is significant”.
The lawmaker further observed that the absence of enabling laws and appropriate law to guarantee the legality of online transactions, continue to create fear in the mind of users and potential online users.
Scanning the legislative commitment of the National Assembly in the past, the former commissioner who is currently representing Oyo North Senatorial District said “the commitment of National Assembly of Nigeria in the past can be said to have not been fruitful and successful. Until 2015, there were over 100 IT related bills before the Nigeria Legislature – the National Assembly, none of which was passed into law”,
He, then attributes the creation of standing committee on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Cybercrime by the Senate as part of commitment by the 8th Assembly towards curbing cybercrime in the country.
Similarly, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseeni in his lecture on ‘Kidnapping’ averred that crime cannot be totally eradicated in the society, demanding from the public to always support the government in its bid to ensure safety.
“Security is the most expensive thing to do in a country but we can also help by saying positive things about our country, saying negative things about the country demoralize the courage and attitude of those who want to fight crimes in the society”, he counselled .
Oyo govt. calls on DPR to sanction marketers hoarding petrol
Oyo state government has asked the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to start monitoring filling stations in the state and sanction marketers found hoarding the product.
The State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin made the call on Monday while featuring on a private radio station in Ibadan.
Sangodoyin said the scarcity of fuel that started on Sunday was artificial as there was no reason for most of the marketers not to sell to the people.
Most filling stations in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital were not selling fuel to motorists while those selling experienced long queues which also contributed to traffic gridlock in some parts of the metropolis.
“As government, we are doing all we can to make life easy for the people of Oyo State and this is reflected in the number of infrastructural projects around the State, for some people to be creating artificial scarcity of fuel for pecuniary reasons is wrong and inhuman.
“The Department of Petroleum Resources should as a matter of urgency swing into action and arrest the situation, they have the work of monitoring cut out for them and this is the moment to bring those marketers sabotaging government’s effort by hoarding products to book,” the Commissioner submitted.
Imo: Gov. Uzodinma makes case for FCC, sponsors 4-day retreat
Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma has canvassed for the strengthening of the laws establishing the Federal Character Commission (FCC) to enable it perform its functions effectively.
Governor Uzodinma registered his position at a banquet the Imo state government hosted in honoured of the Executive Chairman and Commissioners of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) who were in the State for a retreat last week at the Government House, Owerri.
According to the Governor, the philosophy behind the establishment of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) was well thought out development, adding that to a great extent the Commission has assisted in efforts made at the unification of the country.
He noted that at this very trying moment of the country, the Commission needed to bring its functions to play to douse the tention giving assurance to the citizenry of a sense of belonging.
Senator Uzodinma stressed that it was in recognition of the great role of the Commission that the Imo State government opted to sponsor the retreat.
He admonished members to work together in harmony to enable the Commission deliver on its mandate.
In her remarks, the Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Dr Muheeba Dankaka thanked the Governor and Imo State government for accepting to host the retreat. She said the out come of the retreat will go a long way in assisting the Commission in its assignment.
The FCC boss, however called on state governors to also come to the aid of the Commission, particularly by assisting the State offices to function effectively.
Oyo: Kidnapped UI student regains freedom
Victim of Monday’s kidnap attack at a poultry farm in Oke Odan, Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo capital, Emmanuel Odetunde has been released.
It will be recalled that Odetunde was abducted around 5 pm on Monday while working at his father’s poultry. The abductors also demanded a ransom of N100m for his release.
Mega Icon Magazine, however learnt that the victim , a student of the University of Ibadan (UI) was released at 7:15pm Thursday .
In a tweet obtained by our reporter, via his Twitter handle @dr_emmay thanked friends, family and well wishers for their prayers.
He also did not disclosed whether any ransom was paid or not.
“I was released at 7:15pm today. I am currently with my family.
“Thanks for the prayers. I appreciate @, Odetunde tweeted.
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