Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has urged all New Media Practitioners operating in Nigeria to familiarize themselves with the Cybercrime Act which was passed into law in May 2015.
The Executive Vice Chairman, EVC, of the Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta gave the advise yesterday during the Social Media Week, SMW, with the theme, “The Networked African: Technology’s Impact on Africa (And How we can Harness it For Good) held in Lagos.
The EVC who was represented by the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, Mr Tony Ojobo, spoke on “What has New Media to do with Cybercrime?” said that the Cybercrimes Act 2015 does not encumber the freedom of expression as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution but seeks to protect those whose freedom may be damaged by the freedom freely expressed by others.
He explained that any person who writes with the intent to defraud, sends miss representative electronic messages or sends a set of false facts shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not less than 5 years and to a fine of not less than N10,000,000.00 or both.
The EVC debunked fears by some stakeholders that the Commission is seeking to start regulating over the Top (OTT) Services.
OTT services are services carried over the networks, delivering value to customers without any service provider being involved in its planning.
The services include Internet Protocol (IP) telephony, live streaming and social media applications.
The Social Media Week (SMW) Lagos is set to explore the impact of technology across Africa and how it can be harnessed to stimulate socio-economic and cultural growth.
Designed as a week-long conference that provides ideas, trends, insights and inspiration to help people and businesses understand how to achieve more in a hyper- connected world, SMW Lagos is part of the global conference, Social Media Week, hosted simultaneously in 12 other cities around the world.

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