The Federal Government has announced its readiness to review the Cybercrimes Act to remove flaws and bring it up to the current realities.
Head of Cybercrimes Prosecution Unit in the Federal Ministry of Justice Mr Terlumun George Tyendezwa said the ministry was committed to pursuing the amendment of the act which is considered as repressive, unconstitutional and illegal.
Tyendezwa, said this at an interactive session called: Constitutionality and Legality of the Cybercrimes Act in Nigeria organised by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in collaboration with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) of the United States of America (U.S.A).
He said the Federal Ministry of Justice would engage all stakeholders to have a modern Cybercrimes Act.
According to Tyendezwa; “The Cybercrimes Act is not perfect. One of the reasons I am here is that we want to engage on the Act. We are interested in engaging all stakeholders in the Justice sector.”
“We know the importance of law as a social driver. The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice continues to place a high value on entrenched fundamental human rights and engaging with all stakeholders on the Cybercrimes Act is one of our approaches.”
Lawyers, journalists, activists and other stakeholders at the event which held on Tuesday unanimously declared Nigeria’s Cybercrimes Act as “repressive, oppressive and unconstitutional” and suggested that the Act should immediately be repealed or dropped.