NITDA partners with stakeholders to combat financial, cyber crime

Na'ankwat Dariem, Abuja

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The National Information Technology Agency- NITDA has called on all stakeholders to proactively work together with the Agency to imbed positive cyber security practices and propose policy solutions to curtail financial fraud, cybercrime and to protect Nigeria’s cyber space.

According to a statement signed by the Director General a statement signed by Kashifu Inuwa, in the coming weeks there will be a critical stakeholder session of all stakeholders to assess the performance in preventing cybercrimes with a view of proposing ideas and policies to combat this scorching menace of cybercrimes.

“We urge all stakeholders to prepare proposals and ideas to improve preventive measures to curtail cybercrimes”.

While reacting to the recent indictments of some Nigerians for cyber fraud by the United States ‘s government and some other countries Mr. Inuwa noted that the attention of the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) has been drawn to reports in international media indicting scores of Nigerians for Cybercrimes in the United States.

“We also note a recent publication of a foreign-owned software company hitherto operating in Nigeria indicting its Nigerian employees for lack of integrity and duplicity.”

“For the avoidance of doubt, NITDA is resolute that the action of a few individuals does not represent thousands of hardworking professional Nigerians with exemplary careers in Information Technology.”

The Director General also condemned the labelling of many hardworking Nigerian in the Information Communications Technology –ICT sector as criminals.

“Nigerian technology entrepreneurs, start-ups, scale-ups, and midsized companies have continued to blaze the trail in innovation and service provisioning in Africa and the world”.

We also celebrate thousands of Nigerian professionals who currently work and contribute to the development of innovation and Information Technology in leading multinationals operating globally.

He also expressed concerns over the outcome that may result to the unfair treatment of Nigerians in the Diaspora.

“NITDA is concerned that knee jerk reactions following these allegations may lead to poor treatment of Nigerians living outside Nigeria or denial of certain financial services that may hamper economic growth or frustrate investments into Nigerian companies especially start-ups who need investments to sustain innovation. “

“It is grossly unfair to taint an entire nation with a single brush for the alleged crimes of a few.”

“We, therefore, encourage other nations who are friends of Nigeria to caution their local authorities from treating innocent Nigerians travelling or living in other countries in a derogatory manner or denying Nigerians services without proof of any crime.’

NITDA also applauded the efforts of law enforcement agencies including the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) for their dedication to investigations and prosecuting cybercriminals.

 

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