By JAMES EZEMA
With increasing rate of internet scam and other crimes, the Nigeria Police Force has perfected plans to tackle cybercrimes in the country with the unveiling of its cybercrime reporting web portal where victims can make complaints.
The portal, Abuja Business Reports gathered, is part of holistic efforts towards easing crime reportage by members of the public.
It was gathered that with the launch of the online reporting platform, the police will be able to carry out prompt investigation, arrest, and prosecution of perpetrators of cybercrime and other related offences.
With the portal, victims of cybercrime or complainants can report cases of cybercrime online, at any time and from any part of the world.
Police spokesman DCP Frank Mba in a statement on Thursday insisted that “the cases are promptly attended to by the Cybercrime Unit of the Force domiciled with the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Force Headquarters, Abuja and the newly created Cybercrime Unit at the INTERPOL Annex, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos.”
He noted that the the newly launched “portal will provide updates on achievements being recorded by the Nigeria Police and will, among other things, avail the citizens knowledge of basic cyber-related issues such as emerging cybercrime trends, the modus operandi of the cyber crooks and offer tips on how citizens could make themselves less vulnerable within the cyberspace.”
Before this development, Nigerian social media space was literally taken over cybercriminal elements who operated virtually unchecked and with impunity.
The social media platform that is worst hit by scammers and internet thieves is the WhatsApp app where individual and business accounts were illegal hacked and the phone numbers changed.
Recently, a victim cried out that his former account was taken over by unknown person while he was unable to regain access to his account.
The news of the release of the dedicated cybercrime web reporting portal will be a cheering development and a big relief for many others.
According to the police spokesman, the Force is urging “potential users of the portal to ensure that only correct and accurate information, devoid of deliberate falsehood, misrepresentation and misinformation, are provided when filing their complaints.”