CYNTHIA CHIDINMA IGBOKWE writes that a Non-Governmental Organization, Campaign for Democracy (CD), a human rights group led by Comrade Nnamdi Ekene has concluded its annual seminar on Cyber Crimes/launching and award giving ceremony event at Onitsha Anambra state. CD as well launched the organization’s calendar.
The chairman of CD, Comrade Nnamdi Ekene informed that CD brings human rights closer to the people through advocacy, monitoring and training activities which according to him has contributed greatly towards the current legislative and policy reforms to increase accountability for human rights violation and advance human rights.
He expressed worry over inability of residents of the state to confide in the organization on issues of human rights violations, adding that the fear of those whose rights were violated in exposing their suspects had severally hindered the efforts of the body in fighting for them.
Comrade Ekene said further: “Some of them are afraid to open up to us what they are passing through, mostly in the hands of security agents.
“Out of fear of what will happen to them, they try to conceal their predicaments, while others find it difficult to come to our office to complain.
According to Ekene, the seminar topic, “Imperatives of Digital Rights in the Enforcement of Cybercrime act 2015”, was carefully chosen to educate the masses on dangers of cybercrimes.
“You know we are in computer age where everything is going digital. Residents need to be enlightened so they won’t fall victims of the Yahoo boys who devise many strategies to defraud people,” he added.
Presenting the paper, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, regretted the lacuna in the enforcement of Sections 24 and 38 of Cybercrimes Act 2015 particularly in terms of jurisdiction, prosecution and enforcement of the Act.
He however stressed the need to harmonize the new Cybercrimes Act 2015 and existing criminal and penal code laws on cyber stalking in order to avoid civil matters that could attract civil litigations.
He said, “There is need for adequate sensitization and awareness campaign by Ministry of Justice, law enforcement agencies and Human Rights organizations to enlighten members of the public about digital rights and their limitations in order not to violate other peoples rights as well.
“There is need for amendment of Cybercrimes Act 2015 especially on offences already stated in the Criminal and Penal Codes laws of the Federation in order to avoid ambiguity and miscarriage of justice.”
Those who were awarded by CD were, LT Col Ben Ugbuji, the commanding officer 14FER Onitsha military cantonment, PM Akpotobo, Unit commander FRSC Onitsha Command, Haruna Mohammed , the PPRO Anambra Police command headquarters, Awka.