In our fast paced world of social media and increased connectivity, the necessity for cyber security cannot be overemphasized. Speaking at the Interpol Cybercrime Training for Practitioner Investigators from African Countries held in Abuja, Hyacinth Dagala, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), dwelt on the need to have investigators equipped with the requisite skills to combat cybercrime.
Matching words with action, the police have made notable steps by setting up a sophisticated cybercrime unit within the Interpol National Central Bureau in Nigeria. Avenues are presently being pursued to have the unit equipped with the tools and techniques to boost capacities in various fields.
Hyacinth who was representing the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, spoke on the capacity initiatives made by the force to deploy experienced members of the unit to areas infamous for cybercrime offences. Hyacinth is in charge of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID).
Organized by the Singapore-owned Interpol Global Complex for Innovation, the three day training attracted trainees from other African countries. Wei Xian Tee, Singaporean acting Head of Training Unit, Digital Investigation Support, Cybercrime Directorate Interpol shared similar thoughts on internet fraud being a global challenge and not limited to Africa. Xian Tee also called for the collaborative effort of international cybercrime experts.