In the fight against cybercrime, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), has announced Nigeria’s accession to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime.

Gen Babagana, chairman of the Cybercrime Advisory Council, said this was a milestone in the fight against cybercrime in the country.

This was stated in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday by the head of the National Security Adviser’s Strategic Communications Department, Mallam Zakari Usman.

According to the statement, the country acceded to the Cybercrime Convention on July 6, 2022 to strengthen international cooperation.

The statement stated that the milestone was reached after the requirements were met after 5 years of persistent efforts by the Nigerian government.

The statement reads: “This achievement was achieved following the approval of the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, and the signing of the Act of Accession by President Muhammadu Buhari and its transfer to the Council of Europe on July 6, 2022.

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“Remember that Nigeria has enacted the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc.) Act 2015 as a legal framework for the codification of criminal activities in cyberspace.

“This was aimed, among other things, at ensuring the safe use of cyberspace and minimizing the associated risks to online platforms and critical infrastructure with the resulting negative impact.

“In addition, the Federal Government has also made significant efforts to implement its provisions through the development of a Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021, the establishment of the Nigerian Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT) and the National Digital Forensic Laboratory , among others.

“As an essential part of the Act, Section 41 (2b) provides for the conformity of Nigeria’s cybercrime and cybersecurity laws and policies with both regional and international standards.

“The aim is to support international cooperation and be part of tackling the threat of cybercrime. This takes into account the cross-border nature of cybersecurity threats and the urgent need for synergies and effective cooperation with the international community to address the growing challenge.

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“Against this background and as part of the ongoing effort to strengthen the global cybersecurity architecture, in July 2017 the Council of Europe invited Nigeria to accede to the Cybercrime Convention, also known as the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime .

“The Nigerian government then worked with the Council of Europe to provide the necessary frameworks to meet the requirements for the final accent on the treaty.

“That is why Nigeria has joined 66 other countries around the world that signed and ratified the Cybercrime Convention on July 6, 2022. Among other benefits, the ratification will enhance international cooperation, provide a common platform and procedural tools for efficient investigation of cybercrime, as well as the preservation and transfer of electronic evidence, where appropriate in connection with a crime.

“It will also automatically make Nigeria a priority for cybercrime capacity building programmes.”

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