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The Federal Government of Nigeria has joined the Convention of Cybercrime, according to the Head, Cybercrime Division at the Council of Europe, Mr. Alexander Seger, reports ITREALMS.
George-Maria receiving the certificate from Alexander Seger
The Convention on Cybercrime also known as the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, ITREALMS gathered is the first international treaty seeking to address Internet and computer crime (cybercrime) by harmonizing national laws, improving investigative techniques, and increasing cooperation among nations.
This convention, ITREALMS equally gathered, was drawn up by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, with the active participation of the Council of Europe's observer states, namely Canada, Japan, Philippines, South Africa and the United States.

ITREALMS reports that with this development, Nigeria has joined other non–Council of Europe states that have signed the convention.

Confirming this on Tuesday via his LinkedIn post, Mr. Seger said, that his office just received the instrument of accession to that effect from Nigeria.

He was pleased to confirm that Nigeria has acceded to the Convention on Cybercrime.

“We just received the original instrument of accession in the fringes of the UN Ad Hoc Committee on ICT crime in New York,” he said.

Seger went on to said that Nigeria being a party to the convention will now make it easier for the country to cooperate with currently another 66 States that are Parties to the #CybercrimeConvention in matters of cybercrime and electronic evidence.

“And Nigeria will remain a priority country for capacity building through #GLACY+ and other programmes managed by #CPROC,” Seger said.

He singled out Mr. George-Maria Tyendezwa of the Federal Ministry of Justice, for applause on his long-time efforts to ensure the accession.

“Special thanks to T. George-Maria Tyendezwa, from the Federal Ministry of Justice of Nigeria who has been instrumental to bringing the process of accession to a successful conclusion,” Seger enthused.

ITREALMS further gathered that the Convention and its Explanatory Report was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe at the 109th Session on 8 November 2001. It was opened for signature in Budapest, on 23 November 2001 and it entered into force on 1 July 2004.

Even as on 1 March 2006, the Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime came into force.

Those States that have ratified the additional protocol are required to criminalize the dissemination of racist and xenophobic material through computer systems, as well as threats and insults motivated by racism or xenophobia.


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