FG Okays Establishment of Computer Crime Prosecution Unit in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Federal Government has approved the establishment of a Computer Crime Prosecution Unit (CCPU) for the prosecution of those involved in cyber crime related offences. A statement from the Chief Press Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Ambrose Mommoh, disclosed this last Wednesday in Abuja. It stated that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, who gave the approval, said cyber crimes could not be successfully prosecuted without developing the necessary structure and capacity in that area. "Nigeria needs to have a robust cyber security and cyber crime prevention and prosecution structure to be able to drive issues related to the crime. "The CCPU which will be under the Public Prosecution Unit of the Ministry will also harmonise into appropriate policies and legislation the various efforts so far made by some sectors like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the telecoms and banking sectors in addressing the issue," Adoke reportedly said. The statement said "officers to man the unit are to begin immediate training in basic cyber prosecutors' courses and electronic evidence handling among others while other modalities for the effective take-off of the unit are being worked out".