Summit on Cybercrime Opens in Abuja

THE first West African Cyber Crime Summit (WACCS) opens today (Tuesday) in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital.

The two-day summit brings together participants from across the West African sub region and beyond.

The summit builds on the West Africa Internet Fraud Pre-Summit organized last February and the first international conference on advance fee fraud organized in Europe in October 2008.

The summit is being organized by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in conjunction with Microsoft, UNODC, Economic community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Council of Europe. Other conveners are Interpol, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Education Trust Fund (ETF), Western Union VISA, Suburban West Africa and Serious Orgsanised Crime Agency (SOCA).

Speakers at the conference includes Vice President Namadi Sambo, Ambassador James Gbeho, a retired career diplomat from Ghana, Senator Bala Mohammed, minister of the federal Capital territory (FCT). Other Speakers include Mrs Farida Waziri, Chairman of EFCC, Emmanuel Onyeje, General Manager Microsoft Anglophone West Africa.

Discussions will centre on the best ways to generate trust in the economy of West Africa & foster economic development, what local, national & regional anti-cybercrime strategies & policies must be considered &
adopted as well as building & maintaining international cooperation.