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Nigeria seeks ways to curb online crime

January 5, 2010 • Security

africa_internet.jpgThe president of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPN) has called on Nigeria to invest on secured internet protocol versions to curb the menace of internet scams that allegedly originate from the West African country.

He proffered a solution based on the use of Internet protocol version 6 (IP V6), which is a next generation internet protocol version that is more secured and usable in tracing scammer’s emails.

“It is also essential for the government to create a standard gateway and regulators framework which any email going outside the country could hit”, Uwaje said.

He said spam emails and electronic fraud have become global problem affecting Nigeria’s image because of progress made in ICT industry.

He wants the Nigerian parliamentarians to make a law pronounce more punishments for perpetrators of cyber crimes within the country.

“The impact of cyber crime on the economy of the country is enormous because its existence creates the impression that all Nigerians are potential scammers and the percentage of the crime all over the world justifies this to an extent. It is also affecting Nigeria in the socio-political dimension”, he said.

Uwaje said the participation of Nigerians in this crime and the image they have has made it somehow suitable for non-Nigerians to be involved using the name of the West African country as a cover up.

Also speaking on the issue, the media spokesperson of Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria, Mr. Amoo Akani decried the role such scams have in keeping away investors from the country.

“The economy has been affected because such negative image brings doubt to the mind of prospective investors. They see most business proposals as scams and the economy suffers some setback”, Akani said.

He argues that keeping the youth, who are the highest perpetrators of this crime, gainfully employed and making them learn the positive sides of ICT on employment generation would curb the crime.

“The challenges the government faces to advance on cyber security include infrastructure, suitable cyber offense policies, alertness and the roles of the regulators”, concluded Uwaje.

By Ikechukwu Osodo

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