Senate Committee on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Cyber Crime has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for its robust ICT, Cyber Crime and Forensic infrastructure.
The committee gave the commendation during an oversight visit to the Commission’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja.
Speaking after taking a tour of ICT and Forensic facilities, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Yakubu Oseni, expressed delight at their scope, depth and sophistication.
“We are pleasantly surprised at the level of infrastructures you have in place to deal with cyber criminals. You have abilities to deal with the criminals,” he said.
Explaining the basis of the Senate’s oversight visit, Oseni said that “criminal elements around the world have chosen to turn ICT revolution into a nightmare. The gains of digital technology are being dampened by rapid evolution of cybersecurity threat landscape, with increased attacks in both sophistication and severity.”
He also said that his Committee was concerned about the state of ICT infrastructures in ministries, departments and agencies of government.
An important fall-out of the visit was the need to bridge the observed gap in the upgrade and expansion of the forensic infrastructures in EFCC.
Vice- Chairman of the Committee, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, said with the level of development and sophistication of the infrastructures in the Commission, his Committee would have little difficulty in making a strong case in favour of the anti-graft agency.
“We will collaborate to bridge every gap”, he said.
Another member of the Committee, Senator Foster Ogola, promised that, going by the positive findings at the EFCC, ”we will be your ambassadors in the Senate.”
In his own remarks, EFCC’s Acting Chairman, Umar Abba Mohammed, told the Committee that: “the EFCC has built a robust ICT Infrastructure that is still being expanded and upgraded to meet our administrative and operational requirements.”
He took the Committee members on a fact-finding tour of the Server room, Special room, Forensic laboratories and other facilities in the ICT and Forensic Sections.
Mohammed noted that combating cyber crime was one of the challenges the world is facing today and that the EFCC is improving its ICT facilities to beat any form of cyber crime.
Other members of the Senate Committee on the visit are Senator Emmanuel Oker-Jev, Senator Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, and Clerk/ Secretary of the Committee, Mr Ayoh E Ogon.