48 Suspected Internet Fraudsters Under Prosecution In Kaduna – EFCC

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is currently prosecuting 48 suspected internet fraudsters in Kaduna State.

Zonal head of the Commission in the state, Mailafia Yakubu, disclosed this on Wednesday at a media briefing where he updated the public on activities of the Commission in the zone.

He said that the Kaduna office, from January to date, received 345 petitions and investigated 286 cases.

Yakubu further stated that 52 of the cases had been forwarded to a legal department for advice while 56 cases involving 48 suspected internet fraudsters are already before the court and 23 persons have been convicted.

The briefing comes on the heels of the recent arrest of some Nigerians by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States.

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Yakubu explained that the EFCC has a long history of collaboration with the FBI and the current investigations are a result of the synergy.

He, however, lamented about the negative effect of cybercrime on the country’s image and called on citizens to be vigilant in order not to fail victim of the crime.

While thanking Nigerians for their immense contributions to the fight against corruption, the Zonal head advised parents to monitor the lifestyle of their wards who he believes are mostly targeted for cybercrime.

EFCC Recovers N423m, $39,253, €2,330 Between January And August

You Can't Be Fighting Corruption And Be Corrupt – EFCC Boss
File photo: Ibrahim Magu

 

The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered the sum of N423 million, $39,253 and €2,330 between January and August 2019.

Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu who was represented by the Head of the Abuja Office, Aminu Ado Aliyu, disclosed this at a press briefing on Tuesday.

According to Aliyu, the zone has been focusing on cybercrime through intelligence gathering and collaboration with other agencies across the world.

“Prior to the release of the FBI list, we had in collaboration with the FBI, cases under investigation of which two suspects indicted in the list released by the FBI are in our custody.

“On the other hand, another suspect on the list is being investigated independently on a different case and his case is pending arraignment,” he said.

He further explained that the suspects, Chika Augustine and Godspower Nwachukwu, were arrested in Abuja and $35,000 was recovered from one of them (Chika Augustine).

The Zonal Head also disclosed that 33 convictions have been secured from January 2019 till date; 293 arrests have made and over 465 cases are currently under investigation.

He further warned that the modus operandi of the cybercriminals include, and are not limited to love scams, e-mail phishing, identity theft and fraudulent bitcoin and crypto currency sales, and therefore, cautioned the public to be more vigilant.

Specifically, he warned against the prevalence of fraudulent Bitcoin sales which he says has been on the rise.

EFCC Recovers N500m From Cybercrime In Kano

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has recovered a total of N500 million this year in Kano State which it says are proceeds of cybercrime.

Zonal Head of the commission who disclosed this to Channels Television also noted that 280 suspects have been arrested in connection to cybercrime.

More to follow…

EFCC Arrests 33 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Imo

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says it has arrested 33 suspected online fraudsters in Owerri, the Imo State capital as part of its efforts to clampdown on internet fraudsters across the country.

In a statement by its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency explained that the suspects were arrested in their hideout by EFCC operatives from the Abuja and Enugu zonal offices.

Laptop computers, mobile phones, two Lexus SUVs and a Toyota salon car, were among the items said to have been recovered from them.

The arrest comes barely a day after the EFCC announced the arrest of a cybercrime syndicate which specialises in business email compromise in benin city, the Edo state capital.

They were said to have confessed to searching for victims’ email addresses, creating a phishing link and compromising the process in order to defraud them.

Cybercrime: The Orientation Agency Has A Lot To Do, Says Ex-Rep Member

A former member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Dayo Bush-Alebiosu.

 

A former member of the House of Representatives, Dayo Bush-Alebiosu, has blamed the increasing rate of cybercrime among youths on the decay of societal morals.

Bush-Alebiosu, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, asked the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to urgently address the menace.

“The (National) Orientation Agency has a lot to do,” he said on Monday when asked how the activity can be well tackled.

“There is a need for cultural re-orientation, moral re-orientation. There is that need to be psyched as individuals.”

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The former lawmaker also asked the Federal Government to work on ways to review the Cybercrime Act with a view to modifying it.

He advised the NOA to liaise with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to effectively regulate what is being transmitted, in order to prevent negative influence on the youth.

“There is a need for the National Orientation Agency to work with the NBC. For example, music is a very powerful tool, and in the wrong hands can cause a lot of damage,” Bush-Alebiosu.

He added, “We have seen what Fela was able to do with it, we have seen what Bob Marley was able to do with music, we have seen what Orlando was able to do with it, and so many more.

“When we have young musicians who glorify certain things or certain acts, what do you think happens? It becomes popular, it becomes a norm. The abnormal becomes normal.”

Bush-Alebiosu’s comments were in reaction to the recent arrest of 80 persons, mostly Nigerians for various crimes including massive email fraud and money laundering in the United States.

The suspects were indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of netting millions of dollars from victims of internet con jobs.

NIDCOM To Partner EFCC Against Cybercrime In Diaspora, Says Dabiri-Erewa

NIDCOM Chairperson, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, with Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, at the head office of the anti-graft agency in Abuja on August 23, 2019.

 

 

The Chairperson of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has revealed plans by the Nigerian Government to fight cybercrimes in the diaspora.

She hinted that the commission was making moves to collaborate with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to tackle the menace, through the creation of a special desk.

Dabiri-Erewa explained that the desk would serve as a platform for Nigerians in the diaspora who are victims of cybercrime to lodge complaints and get justice.

She made the disclosure on Friday during a visit to the EFCC Head Office in Abuja, following the indictment of over 70 Nigerians by the United States government for various crimes including massive email fraud and money laundering.

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The NIDCOM boss said, “The commission will be working with the EFCC to have a special desk that will tackle cases like this; whether it’s about fraud, whether it’s about somebody cheating yo, we hope to partner with the EFCC to have a special desk to deal with cases involving those in the diaspora being defrauded or being cheated.

“They should have somewhere to complain to and with EFCC, I’m sure we can provide those answers and solve those problems.”

Dabiri-Erewa who condemned the activities of those indicted by the U.S. government, added, “A few people committing crime should not tarnish the image of a nation of 200 million people. However, the world wants to see that we are doing something about cybercrime.

“We are here with the EFCC to say Nigerians in the diaspora count on you to tackle cybercrime as effectively as you are tackling corruption in Nigeria so that those who perpetrate these crimes are brought to book.”

On his part, the acting EFCC Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, said the anti-graft agency would take drastic measures to prevent Nigerians from engaging in cybercrimes to save the nation’s image from international embarrassment.

He also gave an insight into how the EFCC contributed to the arrest of 77 Nigerians by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

According to Magu, the operation that led to the arrest of the suspects was jointly carried out by the operatives of both agencies.

“We have not been contacted, but they have acknowledged our participation in their release. But I do not have the details here … because what we have here is even more than the 77 people.

“Maybe others have been screened out and the information they have given us is everything that has been done – both here and in America,” the EFCC boss said.

New Waves Of Cybercrime, Terrorism Threatening Positive Strides, Says Buhari

 

The President says he is worried about the new waves of cybercrime and terrorism in the country.

He decried that they have continued to threaten the positive strides of his administration.

President Muhammadu Buhari said this in his keynote address at the Annual Investment Meeting which held on Monday in Dubai, UAE.

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He, however, noted that Nigeria has taken the lead in cyber policing in West Africa, by working with regional and global partners.

The President explained that his administration was working on creating the largest digital database in Africa.

He added that the nation’s digital identity system has captured over 30 million Nigerians and legal residents.

President Buhari challenged world leaders to ensure that the cyberspace was inclusive, accessible and safe.

According to him, digital globalisation is transforming the world and almost every day, innovations and transformative ideas are rolled out

The President noted that while the cyber world was intangible but real, it had impacted the lives of billions of people, no matter how remote they were physically located.

He was worried that the cyber world remained a constant threat if left unregulated, adding that its emerging threats were difficult to prevent or manage unilaterally.

President Buhari, therefore, called for a collective effort from both public and private sector leaders to tackle the challenge.

He insisted that a certain level of regulation was needed to preserve the integrity of the digital economy.

Read the President’s full speech at the meeting below:

It is with great pleasure that I address you today on this occasion of the 2019 Annual Investment Meeting here in Dubai.

I wish to thank His Royal Highness, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, for inviting me to speak at this event.

This is the 9th edition of such a gathering. At this point, I want to congratulate HH, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for his vision to support such a platform where world leaders in both the public and private sectors exchange ideas on how to make this world a better place.

This morning, my brief remarks will be on digital globalisation, which we all agree is transforming the world as we know it. Almost every day, innovations and transformative ideas are rolled out.  This trend is here to stay.

Today, we have a cyber world that is intangible but real. This borderless world is powerful, and it impacts the lives of billions of people, no matter how remote their physical locations are.

 

People work in it. People socialise in it. And people invest in it. This presents enormous opportunities. But it also remains a constant threat if left unregulated.

On the one hand, it has made the human race more productive and more efficient. Today, we have digital banking, virtual currencies and many social platforms that connect people and cultures.

On the other hand, we have seen platforms hijacked and manipulated as evidenced by the steady rise in fake news and cybercrimes.

More recently, we are also witnessing the use of the cyberspace to manipulate elections, subvert the democratic rights of citizens as well as propagate violence.

In effect, the digital world has become the new frontier for both good and evil. Therefore, the challenge for world leaders must be to ensure that this space is inclusive, accessible and safe.

In Nigeria, our mobile phone penetration exceeds eighty per cent. This means majority of Nigeria’s one hundred and ninety million citizens are fully connected to this new digital world; especially our youth.

 

Sixty-five per cent or one hundred and seventeen million Nigerians are under the age of 25 years. These bright minds are the drivers of this emerging digital sector.

Today, Nigeria has close to ninety technology hubs and every day, new ones are coming up and they are all developing solutions for Nigerian, and indeed global problems.

Already, these young entrepreneurs have attracted investments of over one hundred million dollars. A sizeable amount from overseas including Silicon Valley.

As many of you from this region are aware, Nigerian start-ups always have a very impressive outing at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX). Many have won prizes.

As leaders, it is, therefore, our responsibility to create the enabling environment for these minds to flourish and reach their full potential.

 

When we came in 2015, we immediately agreed that any future economic growth must be inclusive.

As the Nigerian youth population are fully digitalised, it is clear that the idea of having an inclusive economy cannot be achieved without digital inclusion.

We, therefore, leveraged and supported digital platforms in our numerous socio-economic programs: from training extension workers in agriculture, health and education sectors; to enabling micro-credits to increase financial inclusion.

However, whilst this digital globalisation has occurred rapidly in the private sector, many governments and regulators have not kept pace.

New waves of cybercrime and terrorism continue to threaten the positive strides being made.

 

On cybersecurity, Nigeria has taken the lead in cyber policing in West Africa. In this, we are working with our regional and global partners.

Furthermore, our public sector reform programs focus on digitising key operations. From procurement to payroll to revenue collections, we are using digital platforms to reinforce our objectives of improving efficiency, accountability and transparency in governance.

We are also working on creating the largest digital database in Africa. Already, our digital identity system has captured over thirty million Nigerians and legal residents.

As earlier observed, the digital world is borderless. In many instances, the criminals in this world are faceless and without physical addresses. This is why we must all come together to protect the good while eliminating the bad.

 

Emerging threats are difficult to prevent or manage unilaterally. It has to be a collective effort, led by both public and private sector leaders – many of whom are here today. A certain level of regulation is needed to preserve the integrity of the digital economy.

I, therefore, would ask all of us here present, over the coming days, to put our heads together and come up with proposals on how we create a digital world that is accessible, inclusive and safe.

I thank you for listening and wish you very successful deliberations.

Thank you very much.

Traditional, Religious Leaders Discuss Ways Of Keeping African Girls In School

Traditional rulers and religious leaders including the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, among others on Monday discussed ways of keeping African girls in school.

The leaders made the discussions during the Regional Conference for African Traditional and Religious Leaders on Keeping Girls in School in Africa. The conference was held at the Nicon Luxury Hotel in Abuja.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, at the event, highlighted the dangers of neglecting girl child education. According to him, the Keeping Girls in School Conference is designed to address the human capital deficit.

“We have been told by experts consistently that development of Africa in every society starts with human capital development. The conference is conceived and designed to address this human capital development deficit,” the Sultan said.

The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, in his address said funds are needed from the public and private sector to fund girl child education.

“We have been spending a lot of time blaming the victims. So while we talk about cultural practices, attitudes, we also talk about the need for these schools to be available for funding by the public and private sector.”

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The Regional Conference for African Traditional and Religious Leaders on Keeping Girls in School in Africa is a three-day conference aimed at triggering a kind of renaissance in Africa, by launching the drive for girls child education in Africa.

It is also aimed at ensuring that African girls and future mothers are educated so that they produce and bring up healthy and educated children who will lead Africa to greatness in the 21st century.

President Muhammadu Buhari who was also at the event reminded religious and traditional leaders of their role to advise and assist the government in tackling the challenges. He also described traditional leaders as original guardians of history, security, traditions, customs and culture.

Iran Ministers Criticised For Not Blocking Internet

Iranian ministers should be punished if they deliberately failed to censor online content by “trouble-makers and enemies”, said the head of the country’s cybercrime committee on Friday. 

“The order to block all channels on encrypted messaging service Telegram, that in recent days incited the population to violence and trouble, was transmitted by judicial officials to the telecoms ministry a long time ago, but unfortunately nothing was done,” said Abdolsamad Khoramabadi, according to local media.

“If it is proven that officials voluntarily refused to take the necessary measures to prevent the activities of trouble-makers and enemies, they must be punished,” added Khoramabadi, who is also deputy to Iran’s chief prosecutor.

Telegram and Instagram were blocked shortly after protests began on December 28, and officials also moved to shut down privacy software widely used to get round online restrictions.

That marked a reversal for President Hassan Rouhani, who has pushed for online restrictions to be lifted as part of his efforts to improve civil liberties.

On December 19, he told the country’s first conference on civil liberties: “We will not seek to filter social media. Our telecoms minister promises the people he will never touch the filtering button.”

At 36, Telecoms Minister Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi was the youngest-ever cabinet member when he was appointed in August, and has stated his opposition to internet controls.

They include bans on Facebook and Twitter, even though all the country’s top officials, including the office of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, regularly tweet.

Instagram has been reinstated since the unrest calmed this week, but Jahromi said Wednesday that Telegram could only return if it blocked “terrorist” content.

Khoramabadi claimed there were 8,500 channels on Telegram with content that was against “national security, the values of Islam and public morale”.

“The former minister and the current minister have resisted in the face of orders” to block these channels, he said.

Rouhani has clashed with the conservative-dominated judiciary over his efforts to ease social regulations and release political prisoners.

“Unfortunately, certain people, either voluntarily or involuntarily, have assured the trouble-makers that no one will press the button of filtering to stop their illegal actions,” said Khoramabadi.

More than 41 million Iranians have smartphones in the country of 80 million, and at least 25 million use Telegram daily.

For many, it has become the main source of news and a way of bypassing Iran’s highly restrictive media environment.

AFP

Uk Hospitals Hit By Large-Scale Cyberattack

A large-scale cyberattack has plunged the UK’s health service into chaos.

Computers in hospitals and clinics across the country shut down on Friday, forcing patients to be turned away.

IT systems and telephone networks appear to have been targeted, with some hospitals now operating on an emergency-only basis.

The “ransomware” computer attack demands $300 per computer in electronic currency in order to free files from encryption.

A message appearing on screens across the National Health Service warns time is running out to make payment.
Patients have reported being turned away, while some are stuck at hospital without access to discharge data.

NHS England have confirmed they are aware of the problem and say they will release details soon.

Reuters

Aisha Buhari Urges Nigerians To Know Their Consumer Rights

Aisha Buhari Thanks Nigerians for Supporting Husband’s AdministrationThe wife of the Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari, has urged Nigerians to understand their rights as consumers, in order to stand up to market abuses that undermine those rights.

She said the rights of the consumer must be protected and those on the wrong side of the law should be made to understand that.

“Their rights come to an end where the rights of the consumers begin”, Aisha said.

Mrs. Buhari made the remarks in Abuja, during her appointment as Consumer Ambassador of Nigeria, by the country’s Consumer Protection Council, as part of activities to mark the World Consumer Rights Day 2017.

Represented by the wife of Nasarawa State Governor, Mairo Tanko Almakura, she thanked the Management of the Consumer Protection Council for the honour bestowed on her.

She said: “The campaign for consumer rights is a noble cause and I assure the Commission of my support and commitment towards driving the campaign embarked by the council.”

The Director General of the Consumer Protection Council, Dupe Atoki, said digital technology, though beneficial, has exposed consumers to online threats such as cybercrime, data theft and invasion of privacy.

Atoki stated that this year’s theme tagged ‘Building a Digital World Consumers  Can Trust’ is intended to call attention to these consumer issues.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah and the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu in their goodwill messages highlighted the important role of the Council in protecting the rights of consumers.

The agency said the stakeholders workshop, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, 2017 will feature presentations from Google, Microsoft, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), among others.

Police Restate Commitment To Tackling Cybercrime In Nigeria

Police, Nigeria, CybercrimeThe Nigeria Police Force has reaffirmed its commitment to tackling the upsurge in cases of cybercrime in Nigeria through forensic investigation.

The technical adviser to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Tolu Ogunshakin, made the remarks on Monday at a training for officers of the force in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He said that cybercrime has assumed a worrisome level globally and emphasised the need for scientific investigation of such crimes.

He urged Nigerians to protect their identities, stressing that Nigeria has lost over 1.2 billion Naira to criminals who engage in identity theft.