Nigeria Ratifies Membership of Budapest Convention to Fight Cybercrime

The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, says the Federal Government of Nigeria has ratified its membership of the Budapest Convention to enhance international cooperation in the fight against cybercrime.

Monguno who made this known in a statement said that Nigeria officially ratified its membership of the convention on July 6, after it met the needed requirements, after five years of assiduous efforts by the government.

According to him, the development follows the approval of the Federal Executive Council on June 29, and the signing of the instrument of accession by President Muhammadu Buhari as well as transmission to the Council of Europe on July 6.

NSA said that Nigeria had enacted the Cybercrimes Act 2015 as the legal framework for the codification of criminal activities in the cyberspace.

He said the Act was aimed at guaranteeing, amongst others, the safe use of the cyberspace and minimise the attendant risks to online platforms and critical infrastructure with consequential negative impact.

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