Cyber Crime Fraudsters To Serve 7-Year Jail Term, Nigerian Senate
In the wake of the recent rise in cyber and online related crime, a seven years jail term awaits cyber criminals and online fraud perpetrators in Nigeria as the Senate yesterday passed into law the Bill for an Act to provide for the Prohibition, Prevention, Detection, Response, Investigation and Prosecution of Cybercrimes and for Other Related Matters 2014.
And to stem the rising activities of human traffickers, who now operate “baby production factories” across the country, the House of Representatives yesterday passed for a second reading a bill prohibiting the harbouring of pregnant girls and sale of babies.
The bill, sponsored by Eddie Ifeanyichukwu Mbadiwe, was unanimously passed after a debate on the floor of the chamber. Now referred to the House Committee on Human Rights and Justice, the bill aims to curtail and end the criminal activities of persons operating baby protection factories by racketeering with human pregnancy.
The bill also provides for compulsory registration of all cyber cafe businesses with Computer Professionals’ Registration Council, in addition to business name registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), it also spells out three-year jail term or a fine of N1 million for anyone who perpetrates electronic fraud through a cybercafé.
Where the fraud is found to have been perpetrated in connivance with the owner(s) of the cybercafé, such owner(s) shall be liable to a fine of N2 million or three years jail term.
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