The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris has revealed that the Nigeria Police Force have set up a high-tech and cybercrime unit within the Interpol National Central Bureau in Nigeria to help tackle cybercrimes.
IGP Idris, who made the revelation while speaking at the Interpol cybercrime training for practitioner investigators from African countries and the 3rd African working group meeting in Abuja, yesterday, said efforts are being made to equip the unit with tools and technics to boost its capacity in identity fraud, among other cybercrimes.
Speaking on the essence of the training, the IGP, who was represented by DIG Hycent Dagala, said capacity building is one of the methods “we can use to combat cybercrime, the importance of capacity building is that we will look into new methods being invented by the perpetrators of crime generally and then try to go above them.”
“We are not only limiting our capacities to training of this nature but as much as possible, we are making sure that even the calibre of people we are recruiting these days are higher than what we were doing before and the essence of this is to get manpower that can comprehend new teachings and new technology with a view to give Nigerians the best Police Force,” he explained.
On the level of cybercrime in Nigeria, the IGP said: “I will say that it is not too high and it is not too low but you will remember that our forces are more like developing Force just like the nation itself but we are trying to pick up and the only way we can achieve that is by cooperating with other bodies like the Interpol that have expertise that can teach us or put us through some of the difficult investigations that we come across in our life time.
“Like every other crime, you have to be mindful of the people you deal with whether it is business transaction, personal relationship or whatever, you have to be mindful. One unfortunate thing I know about human beings generally is that so many of us are greedy.