The Chairman of Consultancy Support Services Limited, Abdul-Hakeem Ajijola has tasked the Nigerian Bar Association to wear a new thinking cap, because things have changed legally in order to adjudicate appropriately on cybercrime related law, reports ITRealms.
Ajijola made this charge while dwelling on ‘Beyond Cybercrime Legislation’ while speaking at the annual general conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Abuja on Tuesday with a dedication to his late father, Barrister Adeleke Dirisu Ajijola, who passed-on in January 2015.
He said that things have changed and wondering if the members of NBA have also changed their legal thinking?
This, he stressed, follows that the likes of Uber, which is the world’s largest taxi company without owning any vehicle; and Facebook which is the most popular media owner in the world does not create any content outside the platform.
In addition, Ajijola noted that Alibaba, for instance, which is the most valuable retailer, has no inventory, whereas Airbnb known as the largest accommodation owner, owns no real estate, and Iroko Tv, the major broadcaster of African movies, produces no media, and beckon on lawyers at the conference, to defend the platform as listed above.
For him, if something is ‘free’ then know that you the visitor is not the customer, but you are the product being sold.
Pointing out that like most of the world, Nigeria is building an electronic future upon capabilities, processes and infrastructure, expressing concern that the country is yet to understand how to protect, regulate or legislate on the electronic future in her domain.
He gave Nigeria cyber security threat overview to include the attack on the official website of the Federal Republic of Nigeria www.nigeria.gov.ng by an Irish ‘gay’ hacker in July 2013 in protest of the anti-gay bill that was passed by the Nigerian Senate.
He underscored the fact that on February 5, 2015, the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan launched the National cybersecurity policy and strategy respectively. Even as on May 16, 2015, President Jonathan, then, signed the cybercrime (prohibition, prevention, etc) Act 2015 into law.
He expressed optimism that on his inauguration speech, President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2015, had declared “I also wish to assure the wider international community o our readiness to cooperate and help to combat threats of … cybercrime ….”
Ajijiola equally advised NBA to take note of some domestic cybersecurity players including Defence Space Agency, EFCC, Digital Forengics Laboratory, Galaxy Backbone ISO27001 Certification, NITDA’s Computer Emergency Readiness & Response Team of Nigeria – CERRT.ng; Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Cybercrime Prosecution Unit; Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) – Nigeria Computer Emergency Response Team (NGCERT).
Also worthy of note include the Computer Forensics Institute of Nigeria (CFIN), as professional body; Consultancy Support Services (CS2) Ltd, Digital Forensics; Cyber Institute Ltd/GTE, NGO, Capacity Building & Research; Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN), yet another professional group and Digital Jewels Limited which centres on research and capacity building.
In academia, he said, there are only two higher institutions in Nigeria playing in this industry, namely the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna which has department of Cybersecurity, just as Nassarawa State University, Keffi, also has Centre for Cyberspace Studies.
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