90 Percent Internet Fraud in Nigeria targeted at the financial sector

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Kalu Ndukwe of the Nigerian Internet registration Association, NIRA has stated that over 90% of internet scams in the country is targeted at the financial sector.

Ndukwe who made the disclosure in Lagos while unveiling the policies and structures that will guide the Nigerian Internet community. reiterated that NIRA holds every domain in trust for Nigerians.

He stated that after the new policy governing the nation's Internet space becomes effective, NIRA will launch the domain with 1000 corporate top level institutions. He also added that all currently held domain names hosted outside of the country will expire after thirty days. He stressed that domain names owners will have the benefit of an automatic renewal of the domain names and they also have an option to keep the name for a year or two.

He called on Nigerians to move away from the one-way traffic concept in order to effectively compete with the rest of the world. The only way out according to him is for Nigeria to have its own domain to enable a two-way traffic.

Ndukwe who disclosed that the community will have four key elements, stated that NIRA has commenced plans to engage the services of a consultant to help structure the proposed secretariat and recruit the required personnel. He expressed the desire of the organisation to have a structure and manpower that would be highly effective and efficient with all sense of professionalism.

He stated that the board has released the first set of policies and procedures for public input towards the determination of the final policies. These and other policies to be developed in the future according to him would guide the operation of NIRA and its primary function of the .ng ccTLD management. He also stated that the policies including domain policies like domain name policy, privacy policy, domain dispute resolution policy, corporate governance policies and complaints policies are available for public inputs till the end of February. After which all inputs would be collated and presented to the Executive board for final amendments and approval, while the final approved policies would be posted by March 10 at the latest.

He further stated that from February 4, NIRA would commence the process for the accreditation of Registrars and Dispute Resolution Service Providers. He called on all potential and interested firms to send in their applications based on the published process.

"With the provision to allow for Nigerian in Diaspora and companies owned by them, we expect interest to be from all continents", he stated.

Commenting on NIRA's jurisdiction to handle complaints, Ndukwe stated that NIRA's jurisdiction is limited to matters relating to the -ng domain space.

According to him, NIRA specifically handles complaints about -ng domain names and registrants domain complaints and complaints about -ng domain name services provided by NIRA accredited registrars and their resellers.

He emphasised that NIRA does not have the jurisdiction to handle complaints about, generic Top Level Domains e.g. .com, .net, biz, .info, etc or other country code Top Level Domains e.g. .nz, .uk, .us, etc; web hosting, website management or website design services; Internet access or email services; or possible breaches of Nigerian law relating to Information Technology, telecommunications, broadcasting or unfair business practices. He stated that for complaints about these matters, Nigerians would have to contact the relevant government authorities.

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