In continuation of the fight against cyber crimes in the country, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and Association of Cybercafes and Telecentre Operators of Nigeria (ACTON) have finally banned night browsing at cybercafes, nationwide.
Browsing is the act of using the Internet for exchange of information. It is also referred to in some quarter as surfing the world wide web, www.
President, ACTONigeria, Mr. Lai Omotola, while disclosing this, said that it was a deal reached between the two entities.
“Finally, night browsing at cybercafes across the nation is hereby stopped until a more consolidated reason is given to act contrary,” he declared.
Mr. Omotola also said that the decision was in adherence to the recently assented to Telecommunications Act 2006, which was endorsed by President Olusegun Obasanjo, on June 5, this year.
It would be recalled that the latest Act transferred the policing of cyber-crimes to telecommunications operators and also empowered the EFCC to enforce its provisions.
The decision followed several meeting between EFCC and ACTONigeria, according to Omotola, which spanned over three sessions both in
He further said, the meeting fall out included that subscriber identification remained a major content in achieving success in combating cyber-crimes, and to achieve this objective, EFCC suggested that each sector of the telecomm industry, namely the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) Operator, Private Telecom Operators (PTOs) and Cyber cafes; should come up with a due care document that would be a standard guide and proffer measures for the effective policing of cyber crime in Nigeria.
Additionally, he said, that at the last meeting of ACTONigeria, a week ago, some measures of due care were adopted, including that henceforth all cybercafes must be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and EFCC.
Equally, Mr. Omotola said, his group members must subscribe to a registered and licensed Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the country.
“Cybercafes will now be run on membership basis instead of Pay-As-You-Go. All cybercafes must install acceptable standard level of software and hardware surveillance, the architecture of cybercafes must be done such that all computers are exposed,” he said.
Pointing out that each cybercafe is expected to be a watchdog to others, as they have been detailed to have direct access to EFCC.
Mr. Omotola further explained that although the new regime is harsh on its members, it has presented an opportunity for the association to have a working relationship with officers of EFCC among other organizations.
“In order to stop the indiscriminate raid on cybercafes and to correct the erroneous impression that all cybercafes are set up as a fraud joint,” he noted.
Emphasizing that in the old Law on Cyber crime, café operators are not mandated to monitor what their customers are doing, but with the new reality, stiff penalties await operators that are negligent of their duties.
“We hereby call on all parents and teachers to improve on their role as the primary custodians of these Yahoo boys, since their fraudulent activities have become an infamous phenomenon that have brought