The National Information Technology Agency, NITDA, has called on all Information Technology stakeholders to come together and come up with preventive measures to curtail cybercrimes.
The Director General of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, made the statement, on Thursday, after his attention was drawn to reports in international media indicting scores of Nigerians for Cybercrimes in the United States.
He said: “We note a recent publication of a foreign-owned software company hitherto operating in Nigeria indicting its Nigerian employees for lack of integrity and duplicity.”
The DG, however, said the are thousands of Nigerian professionals who currently work and contribute to the development of innovation and Information Technology in leading multinationals operating globally.
He said NITDA was impressed by the hard work and commitment of several law enforcement agencies including the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the fight against cybercrime.
He also commended the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, ICPC, for their dedication to investigations and prosecuting cybercriminals.
Mr Inuwa, therefore, called on all stakeholders to work together with the Agency to entrench positive cybersecurity practices and propose policy solutions to buck this trend.
He said: “NITDA is resolute that the action of a few individuals does not represent thousands of hardworking professional Nigerians with exemplary careers in Information Technology.
“It is grossly unfair to taint an entire nation with a single brush for the alleged crimes of a few,” Mr Inuwa said.
The DG, however, lamented that the allegations might lead to poor treatment of Nigerians living outside Nigeria or denial of certain financial services.
That, he said, might hamper economic growth or frustrate investments into Nigerian companies, especially start-ups who need investments to sustain innovation.
He, therefore, called on other nations who are friends of Nigeria to caution their local authorities from treating innocent Nigerians travelling or living in other countries in a derogatory manner.