3 March 2014

Nigeria: Social Media - Experts Harp On Enactment of Law

Lawyers and social media experts have reiterated calls for the speedy passage of the Cybecrime Bill currently before the National Assembly.

Speaking at a roundtable on 'Cyberspace and Social Meda Dispute' organised by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) in Abuja, the experts identified the absence of regulation of the country's cyberspace as responsible for the abuses in the internet.

In his remarks, the Director General of NIALS, Professor Epiphany Azinge (SAN) called for serious action to be taken on the "impunity of the cyber space" and other issues of the social media.

"The impunity extends to so many facets of our human lives; whether one can be fully libeled on the internet or social media as the case may be; whether we have been able to address the issue of cybercrime in this country; whether all the issues of jurisdiction as it pertains to the internet has been determined, are some of the challenges," he said.

Also speaking, a technology advisor, Basil Udotai, expressed regret that of the cases prosecuted by the police and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2013, none involved cybercrimes. He attributed this to lack of comprehensive legal framework on ICT and cyberspace in the country.

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