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IGP vows to clampdown cyber criminals, tasks officers to be ahead of offenders

By Paul Michael

• Lauds appointment of DCP as Vice Chairman, Africa Heads of Cybercrime

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has restated the determination of the Nigeria Police Force to clampdown on all cyber criminals in the country.

IGP Baba warned youths to desist from engaging in criminality but rather to channel their creativity to productive, noble and legal enterprise in the interest of the country.

He said the NPF will continue to sustain the fight against cybercrimes and other related offences in Nigeria and across the globe.

The IGP charged the Police Cybercrime Investigation Unit to continually boost its capacity and be ahead of perpetrators of cybercrimes within its jurisdiction.

The Police boss gave the warning while applauding the appointment of DCP Uche Ifeanyi Henry, who is the Head of Cybercrime Investigation Unit, INTERPOL NCB Abuja, as the Vice Chairman of Africa Heads of Cybercrime Units, Force’s spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi said in a statement on Thursday.

According to Adejobi, “The IGP noted that the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Investigation Unit has recorded remarkable successes in dismantling the operations of organized transnational crime syndicates and apprehending perpetrators of cybercrimes.”

While mentioning some of the successes recorded, the IGP added, “Notable amongst these include the arrest of 2 threat actors who through an elaborate Business Email Compromise (BEC) scheme diverted the sum of 2.3million Euro belonging to a German Company to their Nigerian account. The money was for the purchase of face masks and COVID-19 testing kits.

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“Similarly, the Police apprehended the perpetrators of a BEC scheme which diverted COVID-19 testing kits belonging to a British company and recovered all the goods. Additionally, the Unit was instrumental in the rescue of a 69-year-old American woman who was lured to Nigeria and fleeced of over half a million dollars by threat actors in a romance scam.

“The Police has equally arrested suspects who specialize in generating and distributing child pornography online through the agency of the Cybercrime Unit.”

Adejobi said that DCP Uche, the new Vice Chairman of Africa Heads of Cybercrime Units, holds a Master’s Degree in Security and Strategic Studies from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Cybersecurity at the University of Glasgow.

“He is a certified Ethical Hacker and a Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator, having attended several local and international courses on cyber security. He is equally a member of INTERPOL Cybercrime Advisory Body, Association of Cybercrime Specialists, amongst other professional associations,” he added.

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