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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

CPN, CAC to register cyber-cafes over cyber crimes

With the newly passed bill on cyber-crimes in the country, the Computer Professionals’ Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) and Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) may commence the registration of cyber-cafes across the country as soon as its signed into law, reports ITRealms.

A cybercafé also known as internet café is a place which provides internet access to the public, usually for a fee. These businesses usually provide snacks and drinks, hence the café in the name. The fee for using a computer is usually charged as a time-based rate.
This, ITRealms gathered was part of the charge contained in the bill passed on October 23, 2014 by the Senate to checkmate cyber-crime and related offences, otherwise known in the local parlance as ‘Yahoo, Yahoo.’

According to the bill extract made available to ITRealms which provides for the compulsory registration of all cybercafes as business concerns with Computer Professionals’ Registration Council (CPN), the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) would ensure that those operating as cyber-cafes are well registered as business names.

Violators of this regulation provisions, ITRealms gathered would be jailed for three years or a fine of N1 million for anyone who perpetrated electronic fraud through a cybercafe.

Additionally, ITRealms where the fraud was perpetrated in connivance with owner(s) of the cybercafe, such owners would be liable to a fine of N2 million or three-year jail term.

Equally, ITRealms reports that the bill also provided for punishment of 10 years imprisonment without an option of fine against anyone who committed any offence in relation to critical national information infrastructure and 15 years imprisonment for any person who committed such a crime resulting in bodily harm and life imprisonment for such crime if it resulted in death of another person.

ITRealms recalls that the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) was established by Decree No. 49 of 1993, promulgated on June 10, and gazetted on August 9, of that year.

CPN is therefore a body corporate with perpetual succession and common seal, a legal entity charged with the control and supervision of the Computing Profession in Nigeria.

While the Corporate Affairs Commission was established by the Companies and Allied Matters Act , which was promulgated in 1990 to regulate the formation and management of companies in Nigeria.

+Remmy Nweke +Remmy Nweke (ITRealms) @CPN @SenateNG @DigitalSENSEng @NaijaAgroNet @Nkemdilim Nweke @NGRCommTech @NgComCommission @ITU #Nigeria

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