CHILD PORNOGRAPHY UNDER THE CYBERCRIMES ACT 2015 OF NIGERIA: THE LAW AND ITS CHALLENGES

Jude O. EZEANOKWASA

Abstract


This paper examines the prescriptions of the Cybercrimes Act 2015 of Nigeria on cyber child pornography and the challenges facing them. The protection of children from sexual abuse and exploitation is a germane task for a State that is committed to guaranteeing human rights of children and promoting their welfare. The cyberspace, in spite of its many benefits to modern living, has become a strong purveyor of child pornography facilitated by its privacy, anonymity and pervasive availability. The need to protect children makes it imperative to prevent and punish the abuse of the cyberspace by using it for this unwholesome activity. It is for this that the Cybercrimes Act 2015 of Nigeria is a welcome legal initiative particularly as the extant Criminal Code and Penal Code do not provide adequately for cyber child pornography. The finding of this paper is that the prohibition of the offence is comprehensive and the punishment heavy. However, the desired result of preventing the offence would not be well achieved if challenges like cyber inadequacies of the Nigerian Police, lack of awareness of the offence of cyber child pornography and unemployment militating against the Act are not addressed. The methodology of the paper is doctrinal.

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