The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is demanding the cooperation and contributions of the judiciary to checkmate increasing cases of cybercrime in the country.
The Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made the call in Lagos on Wednesday during the “2018 Annual Workshop for Judges on Legal Issues in Telecommunication’’.
Represented by Clem Baiye, a Board Member of NCC, Danbatta said that in spite of Nigeria’s positive achievements in digitalisation, the country was still facing issues concerning cyber security, information and data protection.
“Cyber criminals have continued to develop new strategies to circumvent cyber security, regardless of measures put in place to checkmate their acts.
“It is necessary to discuss the admissibility of electronic evidence toward the successful prosecution of such cyber criminals.
“As such, the commission recognises the need for the judicial system to be part of those making contributions to checkmate the issue of cybercrime.
“Hence, the bold step behind exposing our judges to issues in telecommunication, ‘’he said.
He said that digitalisation has changed our lives more than any other technical revolution because it has affected our means of communication, fundamental rights and privacy.
Danbatta added that the increase in cybercrime might be due to the proliferation of the internet and the decreasing cost of technology, which had provided millions of users the access to enormous resources.
He noted that the workshop was also meant to discuss Artificial Intelligence (AI), a tool that enabled people to rethink how they integrate information, analyse data and use the resulting insights to improve decision-making.
The EVC said that the commission would demonstrate how AI was already altering the world and raising important questions for the society, the economy and how it had affected the courts in speeding up decision-making.