The Federal Government of Nigeria has accepted its membership in the Budapest Convention, which will increase international collaboration in the fight against cybercrime, according to the National Security Adviser, retired Babagana Monguno.
This information was provided by Monguno in a statement delivered on Monday in Abuja by Mr. Zakari Usman, the ONSA’s Head of Strategic Communication.
After putting forth arduous effort for five years, he claimed that Nigeria had completed the standards and confirmed its membership in the convention on July 6.
He claims that the development came after the Federal Executive Council’s approval on June 29, President Muhammadu Buhari’s signing of the instrument of accession, and its submission to the Council of Europe on July 6.
The Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Act 2015 was enacted in Nigeria, according to the NSA, and it serves as the legal foundation for the codification of illegal activity in cyberspace.
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According to him, the Act aims to ensure, among other things, the security of online platforms and key infrastructure while minimizing associated risks and their detrimental effects.
“As part of attempts to put its provisions into practice, the Federal Government created a thorough National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021, which included the creation of the National Digital Forensic Laboratory and the Nigerian Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT).
Section 41(2b) of the Act mandates that Nigerian cybercrime and cybersecurity laws and regulations comply with both regional and global standards.
The goal is to assist and participate in global efforts to combat the threat of cybercrime.
This is taking into account the transnational nature of cybersecurity threats and the urgent need for collaboration and synergy with the global community to address the continuously growing challenge, he said.
The Council of Europe invited Nigeria to join the convention on cybercrime, also known as the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime, according to Monguno. This was done as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the global architecture of cybersecurity.
He claims that the Nigerian government then worked with the Council of Europe to establish the required frameworks to satisfy the standards for the Convention’s final ratification.
As a result, on July 6, Nigeria joined the 66 other nations that have signed and ratified the Convention on Cybercrime.
The ratification would, among other things, improve international collaboration, offer a standard framework and procedural legislation tools for effective cybercrime investigations, as well as the preservation and transmission of electronic evidence as necessary for any crime.
“It will also automatically designate Nigeria as a priority center for capacity-building initiatives related to cybercrime,” he said.