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Nigeria comes 3rd in global cybercrimes survey

This annoucement was made at the launch of the 1st West African cybercrime summit which kicked off in Abuja this week.

Cybercrime is increasingly a global menace and in Nigeria particularly, the government should fast track appropriate legislation to address this growing menace.

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By Elor Nkereuwem

December 1, 2010 01:31AM

Nigeria currently occupies the number three position in the worldwide cybercrime trends index, Nigeria’s anti-graft boss said yesterday.

Speaking on the first day of the 1st West African cybercrime summit in Abuja, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Farida Waziri, said that Nigeria comes third behind US and UK.

At the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, where an elite group of anti-graft agencies, diplomats, and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) companies gathered, the central theme was how to fight the rising cybercrime rate in Nigeria and West Africa.

As pointed out by the EFCC boss, cybercrime is spreading from Nigeria into the surrounding West African countries.

“We have noticed a gradual movement of cyber criminals from Nigeria to neighbouring West African States,” she said, adding that four African countries - two in West Africa, fall into the top 10 cybercrime trends index.

“What should be frightening for us is that only about 20% of the West African population has access to Internet connectivity, and it may well mean that if we have the level of connectivity of Europe and North America, we will perpetually remain in the top 10,” she said.

Archaic Laws

The Chair, Senate committee on Drugs, Narcotics, Financial Crimes, and Anti-Corruption, Sola Akinyede, further expressed fears that Nigerian laws are not adaptable to current trends in crime fighting, adding that this has negatively affected the performance of the EFCC.

“The Nigerian Evidence Act is both archaic and out of sync. The Nigerian Evidence Act does not recognise the existence of computers. The credit cards, I understand, operate by magnetic impulse. The data on the credit card are not recognised under the Nigerian evidence law.

“I was trying to remember how to tender evidence with respect to photographs in court. There was one word I was trying to remember. That word is negatives. It’s a long time since I used that word, but under the Nigerian law today, if you want to tender a photograph, you have to tender the negatives. In the world of digital photography, there is nothing like negatives,” Mr. Akinyede said.

He, however, said that he had sponsored a bill at the National Assembly to amend the Nigerian Evidence Act, which has gone through the second reading.

“Unfortunately, because of the imminent elections and the consequent constitution amendments that are required, most ammendments with the National Assembly have been kept in the back burner.

“The primary focus and interest of the National Assembly is the electoral act and the constitution amendment. I, therefore, hope that as soon as we finish the constitution ammendments, the National Assembly will pass the law,” he said.

Working with Microsoft

Emmanuel Onyeje, the general manager of Microsoft Anglophone West Africa, reiterated the commitment of the American ICT company to network with the EFCC and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), to fight the cybercrime menace in Nigeria and West Africa.

“Cybercrime is not about me or anyone in Nigeria. Everyone is affected. Everyone is vulnerable. Fighting cybercrime is one of the few things that I believe can unite mankind. So, it is something that we must all come together to solve,” he said.

Mr. Onyeje also said that Microsoft will lead the fight against cybercrime, especially by creating awareness of the menace.


               Monsignor, my wife and sons join me in sending you our heartiest congratulations on your 100th Birthday! This is one birthday being celebrated in our country that I believe the celebrant has actually attained that ripe age!


               I say this because we have examples of people in our midst who have fast forwarded their ages to hide old prison convictions or have cut back their ages in order to hang on ingloriously to their political or public appointments but there is no room for such comic manoeuvres in the Lord’s Vineyard!


               Archbishop Anthony Olubunmi Okogie as he was then known, planted the seed  of the catholic Church in 1004 Flats in Victoria Island, Lagos and you named it, the Church of St. Charles Borromeo and nurtured it!


               You moulded and directed those of us living in the Estate, Lawani and family, Dominic Eneanya and family, Martha Nwihim and her daughters, Stella and Bella, Callistus Kayode and family, Mrs. Mustapha and her children,    others were from the Television House and many others, too numerous to mention here, were taught that the Catholic Church was universal and had doctrines and traditions which should be respected and taken very seriously.


               Your Holy Masses started dead on time and the Choir practised and practised their Songs of Praise before rendering them in their melodious tunes on Sundays while your Lay readers prepared their Readings with the utmost diligence.



As your Congregation was made up of mere mortals, you made us realise that you have observed that some young men had made it a habit of sitting near some pretty girls so that when it came to the Prayer for Peace, they, (the young men) could shake the soft and dainty hands of the damsels! It was a joke but it showed the relaxed and exhilarating atmosphere in which your flock radiated!


               As if that was not enough, you very often invited us to your green and leafy residence in Victoria Island where, at Tea Time, we noticed that you rather had a sweet-tooth and used your teaspoonful of sugar rather gratuitously for your tea and when we expressed our fear of its deleterious effect on the teeth, you dismissed our fear with a wave of the hand, assuring us that your constitution could take it! At 100 years of age, it certainly has!



               Monsignor, you also liked your pipe and to think that all the nicotine you probably inhaled and exhaled in all those years, the Good Lord has certainly looked askance! I salute you!


               Enjoy your Day as we say:

                                                      “Ad Multos Annos!”

By Phillip Ideh (Snr)


                  November 2010

U.S. Ambassador Terence P. McCulley Presents Credentials to Government of Nigeria


United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Nigeria Terence Patrick McCulley presented his credentials to His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at a brief ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria, on November 2, 2010.  The United States Senate had confirmed Ambassador McCulley, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, on August 5 after being nominated for the position by U.S. President Barack Obama in late June.  Director General of the Foreign Service Ambassador Nancy Powell administered the Ambassador's oath in the presence of friends and colleagues at the U.S. Department of State on September 28. 

In testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Terence McCulley had emphasized the importance of good governance and accountability as keys to Nigeria realizing its enormous potential. “The elections next year will be a measure of the Nigerian political leadership’s commitment to the democratic process and its desire for a full partnership with the United States.” He also expressed his commitment “to active engagement with civil society, as well as with Nigeria’s anti-corruption institutions, encouraging both to play a role in fighting corruption and encouraging policies that promote transparency and good governance, development, and economic growth.”

Ambassador McCulley served most recently as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark from 2008 to 2010.  Before this assignment, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Mali from 2005 to 2008.  From 2004 to 2005, he worked at the State Department, helping to coordinate reconstruction efforts in Iraq.  Previously, he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassies in Togo, Senegal, and Tunisia and also as Consul in Mumbai, India.

Joining the Foreign Service in 1985, Mr. McCulley started his career in Niger, followed by assignments in South Africa and Chad.  Returning to Washington in 1993, he worked as the Desk Officer in charge of Zaire during the Rwanda genocide, the massive influx of refugees into eastern Zaire and the beginnings of the conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region.  He has received four Department of State Superior Honor Awards.

Terence McCulley, who hails from Oregon, graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree in European History and French Language and Literature.  As a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellow, he studied Political Science at the Université de Haute Bretagne in Rennes, France.  In addition, he attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  Ambassador Terence McCulley is fluent in French.   He and his wife have two sons.