NIGERIAN SENATE PASSES BILL TO STOP CYBER-CAFÉ 419 SCAMMERS
The Nigerian Senate last week finally passed the amendment to Advance Fee Fraud Act, which would check the use of cyber cafe facility to commit offences. The bill, when assented to by President Olusegun Obasanjo, compels operators of electronic communication service, to obtain from their customers, their full names and addresses and provide them on demand to the regulatory agencies.
Internet Service Providers who fail to or supplie false information would have committed an offence and could be jailed for one year or fined N100, 000, while owners of such facilities would on conviction pay N100,000 and have their equipment seized.
A section of the Bill also provides that owners of electronic telecommunication houses must maintain a register of all fixed line customers, which could be inspected by any authorised officer of the National Communications Co-mmission (NCC), even as it further provided that anybody who uses the non-fixed line or the Global System of Mobile Communications should submit to the Commission necessary data required by the Commission.