Cybercrime Restricts Digital Growth in Nigeria

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3Q 2014 | IN-1020391

National Assembly Fails to Pass Cybercrime Bill


A cybercrime bill drafted in 2013 and submitted to the Senate by President Goodluck Jonathan back in January 2014 failed to make it into law during debate recently. The former Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Professor Cleopas Angaye, spoke of the failure of the National Assembly in passing this much-needed piece of legislation. A 2014 version of the bill is available to view online on the Nigerian National Assembly website, under both the House and Senate pages, although no accompanying information about the proceedings are offered. Nigeria effectively finds itself in a highly precarious situation, not least highlighted by the fact that one of the National Assembly’s webpages had been effectively defaced at the time of writing (i.e., hacked by M4573R 5N|p3R).

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