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Nigeria needs to update the Act that established Communication Commission says CJN


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The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJI, has said that Nigeria needs to update the Act that established Nigeria Communication Commission saying that it has becomes obsolete. The enabling Act of the NCC was issued 14 years ago that is, 2003.

Justice Walter Onnoghen the CJN made this known in the legal issues in telecommunications organised BT NCC. He was represented by Justice Olu Ariwo-Ola of the Supreme Court. According to him,

It is important to mention that with the enactment of NCC Act of 2003, new issues and other technological challenges that have arisen that have not been adequately envisaged, for instance, the arrival of smart phones, tablets, expansion of our wireless and broadband internet infrastructures, have attracted a new breed of smart and intellectual subscribers. This category of subscribers rely on their devices to perform ordinary daily activities which have made consumers privacy protection very paramount. This has given rise to more sophisticated way of committing crimes.

Supporting the CJN statement, Professor Garb a Danbatta, the vice chairman of NCC who was represented by Sunday Dare, executive commissioner, talks about the issue of cyber security and cyber crime in the country. He said:

The proliferation of the internet and the decreasing cost of technology has provided millions of users’ access to enormous resources with a resultant increase in cybercrimes. Cyber-criminals continue to develop new strategies to circumvent cybersecurity measures regardless of their sophistication. We are hopeful that in the continuing course of implementation of the cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention etc) Act 2015, cyber security will be strengthened in Nigeria.

If the cybercrime (Prohibition Prevention etc) Act 2015 becomes law, it will help reduce cyber-crime rates in Nigeria.

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