IN ORDER to tackle the rising cases of cybercrime in the country, the Nigeria Police Force has revealed plans to establish a cybercrime specialised unit. The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris disclosed the plan yesterday at a 3-day Training Workshop on Cybercrime for police officers in Abuja. The IGP, represented by Assistant Inspector- General of Police, Intelligence department, AIG Umar Shehu, said the training is a further demonstration of the commitment of the force to check cybercrime in the country. The police chief said that the workshop would focus on scientific police investigation processes, tools and techniques for tackling cybercrime, among others. “We are building on our existing forensic and cybercrime facilities in order to successfully tackle the menace of this complex crime. “Apart from setting up a dedicated forensic and cybercrime unit, we are going to continue to educate our rank and file on ICT,“he said. He said that the force was also providing up to date training and retraining to the rank and file. The I-G said that there was a need for collaboration between the police and the Cybercrime Advisory Council Office and other stakeholders to check the threat. He reiterated the commitment of the force to do everything within its power to tackle cybercrime. “As you can see, the challenges we face in policing cybercrime are multidimensional,“he said. Earlier, Prof. Olu Ogunshaki, of the DFID and Technical Advisor to the I-G on ICT, said that cybercrime would continue to rise unless there was collaboration to fight it. Nigerian Pilot recalls that the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu said Nigeria looses about N127 billion to cybercrime annually.

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