9th August, 2010
Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Telecom Organisation (CTO), Dr. Ekwow Spio-Gabrah, has urged the Federal Government to update the countryâ€™s e-legislation towardÂ persecuting cyber criminals.
Spio-Gabrah made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja during the just concluded Third Ordinary Session of the African Unionâ€™s Communication and Information Technologies Ministerial Conference.
â€œSometimes, a country does not have laws that allow it to persecute cyber criminals. Even when they are arrested, there may be nothing in the law that specifically makes cyber crime a crime,â€ he said.
According to him, the situation prevailed â€œbecause these are crimes of technology, which have been developing in the last few years,â€ while many of the existing laws were made in the 1960â€™s when there were no computers and internet services.
â€œSo, countries need to update their e-legislation so that apropriate sanctions will follow when people are caught in cyber crime,â€ Spio-Gabrah said.
He explained that the issue of cyber crime became common because of easy access to technology as well as the anonymity of the current information communication and technology world.
â€œAnybody can pick up a mobile phone and laptop computer to do a lot of things because ICT is now penetrating in all aspects of human endeavour.
â€œThe financial sector, the banking system, national security and civil service operations, corporate world all are dependent on ICT,â€ he noted.