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UK, Nigeria Tackle $500M Cybercrime Menace Together

Initiatives Launched to Counter Cyber Threats, Cultism in Nigeria

by Adenike Adeodun

The United Kingdom has taken significant steps to address the growing concern of cybercrime in Nigeria, recognizing the substantial annual loss of approximately $500 million that the country faces due to this digital menace. This figure, confirmed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), encompasses various cybercrimes including hacking, identity theft, cyber terrorism, harassment, and internet fraud. To combat these challenges, the British government has launched the THRIVE ONLINE campaign, aimed at enhancing online safety and awareness, and spreading key information and best practices to counter cyber risks effectively.

Focusing particularly on the states of Lagos, Edo, and Bayelsa, the campaign is designed to protect individuals, families, and communities from the negative impacts of cybercrime on society. Ahmad Jumare, one of the communication managers of the programme, highlighted the severe threat cybercrime poses to Nigeria, not only in terms of financial loss but also regarding the safety of its online environment. He pointed to data from Kaspersky, a leading cybersecurity firm, which identifies Nigeria as the African nation most affected by cyber threats in recent years.

Additionally, the British government has initiated the CANCEL CULTS campaign to tackle the issues of cultism and organized crime, especially prevalent in Edo and Bayelsa states. Through a variety of channels including social media, radio talk shows, awareness events, and school interactions, this campaign aims to deter youths from engaging in cult-related violence and criminal activities.

These initiatives are part of the broader Brighter Futures programme, which has shown considerable success in positively transforming the lives of vulnerable young individuals in several communities. Philip Slaboh, the Bayelsa State coordinator for the programme, praised its significant impact, noting observable changes in the attitudes and perspectives of previously misguided youths. He emphasized the critical role of such intervention programmes in redirecting young people towards productive paths and away from criminal behaviors.

Echoing this sentiment, Williams Ehisogie, the Head of the Edo State Security Network (ESSN) at the Idogbo Secretariat, Ikpoba-Okha Local Council, shared a practical example of the project’s effectiveness. He recounted an incident where the Brighter Futures project facilitated a crucial partnership with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) following the rescue of a human trafficking victim, highlighting the value of collaborative efforts in crime prevention and prosecution.

Through these concerted efforts, the UK’s intervention, alongside local Nigerian initiatives, represents a crucial stride towards mitigating the impacts of cybercrime and cultism, safeguarding the nation’s digital landscape, and fostering a safer environment for its youth. This collaborative approach not only addresses the immediate challenges but also contributes to the long-term resilience and security of Nigerian society against the evolving threats of cybercrime and violence.


Source: The Guardian

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