80% of Nigerian ladies, ladies ill-equipped towards cybercrimes – DIG Folawiyo

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By Alice Ishang-Ekpan, Abuja


Eight p.c of girls and ladies in Nigeria will not be adequately skilled and outfitted to defend themselves towards cybercrimes, the nation’s Deputy Inspector-General of Police, David Folawiyo, has stated.

Folawiyo made the gorgeous revelation as a keynote speaker on the launching of a nationwide cyber safety empowerment programme for ladies in Nigeria tagged “Cyver Wo-Fare Project” organised by Women in ICT Foundation in Abuja on Thursday.

But the highest police officer expressed delight on the launching of the undertaking for the ladies in Nigeria, describing it as an necessary a part of the race that know-how and innovation has offered for ladies and ladies for effectivity, effectiveness and for pro-activeness in figuring out points associated to cybercrimes.

He stated: “We see this launching as an effort and determination to fight cyber crimes against women and girls in our society and an effort to contribute to the way of life of our women and girls.

“There is today total reliance on digital technology for every human endeavor, sophistication in modern technology and human activities are new agencies that have altered public expectations of safety from harm and the simultaneous strategies.Folawiyo said that cybercrime remains one of the contemporary social menaces afflicting the society today and resulting in multiplicity of factors such as poverty, idleness, vendetta, greed, unemployment among others.

“There is in Nigeria a very wide gap in cyber security manpower with an alarming low skill competency. Some reviews have shown that 80 per cent of woman and girls in Nigeria are inadequately and improperly prepared to defend themselves against cyber crime. 

Folawiyo assured women and girls of their safety and emphasized that there will be no threat to their lives and livelihood from cybercrime under the watch of the police.

“It is in accordance with the mandate that we will work with you to safeguard the present and the future of women and girls in Nigeria. I strongly recommend that women and girls take advantage of this programme to help reduce the effects of cybercrimes in the digital space as we cannot police a digitalize Nigeria with analogue ideas,”the police officer stated.

The Director-General of  the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, (NAPTIP),Fatima Waziri–Azi, who was  represented by the Director Administration NAPTIP, Benedicta Ojugbami,  stated that the company  is being inundated with circumstances of trafficked younger ladies with transactions initiated and concluded on the social media.

Waziri-Azi stated: “While the traditional means of human trafficking remains in place, research shows that cyber technologies give human traffickers the unprecedented ability to exploit a greater number of victims and advertise their services across boundaries.

“I believe we can all agree that the shift towards technology is a growing destructive global trend which comes promise, innovation and growth as well as challenges notably, cyber crime. NAPTIP is constantly inundated with cases with cases of trafficked young girls with transactions initiated and concluded on social media. The internet is fast emerging as the next fishing home for human traffickers, which is why conversations like this must be sustained in order to scale up sensitization among women and girls.

“I will like to assure everyone of us that NAPTIP will not relent in implementing its mandate and we invite all relevant stakeholders including CSOs and development partners to further strengthen the collaboration and partner with us to scale up activism and  raise awareness against cyber threats spotting and identifying indicators of cyber traffickers to justice.

The President Women in ICT Foundation, Chinwe Anyachebelu, explained that the programme was aimed training no fewer than 100,000 women and girls across Nigeria through rallies, workshops, seminars and curriculum development to empower women against cyber attacks. “The project is expected to empower women and girls on cyber issues and to help in mitigating cyber gender-based violence and other related issues in the society,” Anyachebelu acknowledged. 

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80% of Nigerian ladies, ladies ill-equipped towards cybercrimes – DIG Folawiyo

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