A three day regional workshop on cyber crime convened by the Economic and Financial Commission, EFCC, and the Australian Federal Police, AFP, ended in Abuja on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012, with a call on the Economic Community of West-African States, ECOWAS, to establish a convention on cyber crime to fashion a common law among member states in order to promote cooperation among them in the fight against cyber crimes.
A ten- paragraph communiqué issued at the end of the conference also called for a closer collaboration among all law enforcement agencies like the INTERPOL and others in the West African Countries. Such officers should be trained on cyber crimes to assist them in sending the right information on cyber crime cases.
The conference also deliberated on the need for practical cooperation among West African countries in terms of policing and intelligence gathering on cyber crime -related issues and other organized crimes. While calling on all law enforcement agencies in the sub-region to constantly come together and think up policies on how to tackle the issue of cyber crime.
Countries, the conference further said, must put aside bureaucracy in order to get result on the prosecution of cyber crime cases in the sub-region. “Cyber crimes need spontaneous response and the bureaucracy involved in receiving information among countries is a huge barrier. Countries should set up cyber crime patrol units, where officers will act as victims in order to track and trace these criminals”.
Beside, the conference resolved that all countries should acquire the necessary software that will help in the identification of the originating locations of scam mails and the Internet Service Provider, ISP’s addresses used in this act.
While calling for the establishment of a West African data base on cyber criminals, the conference argued that financial service providers in the sub-region should be compelled by law to provide information on recipients of money from crime, no matter the duration of the transaction.
The AFP is however encouraged to organize more training for the law enforcement agencies in the West African sub-region and Cameroun on cyber crime and other forms of organized crime.
Participants the conference were drawn from Niger, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Benin Republic, Togo, Cote de Voire, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Guinea and Nigeria.
Ag. Head, Media & Publicity
19th April, 2012.