CURTAILING CYBERCRIME IN NIGERIA: APPLICABLE LAWS AND DERIVABLE SOURCES

Felix E. Eboibi

Abstract


The innovation in computer, information communication infrastructure and internet, cuts across every human endeavour in Nigeria. It has also created avenue for miscreants to engage in cybercriminality against cyber citizens. Since the economic gains emanating from the use of the computer, internet and other digital paraphernalia to perpetrate cybercrime by cybercriminals outweigh the consequences of their act, in the event they are caught, they are likely to continue in their illegality. This is further exacerbated by the anonymity of the internet; lucrative nature and awareness of the subject area; greed and potential targets increment; the fact that it requires smaller investment to start and that it can be carried out in various locations without any iota of geographical constraints. The proliferation of cybercrimes in Nigeria has generated debates in the literature as to whether or not there exists legal framework for effective and efficient investigation and prosecution of cybercrimes in Nigeria. In this regard, this paper examines the literature and consequently, enlist applicable laws and derivable sources that will generally be handy to stakeholders; law enforcement agents; prosecutors; counsel to eradicate cybercrime in Nigeria.

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