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The Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), Mrs. Felicia Onwuegbuchulam has expressed concern on the increasing rate of cybercrime in the country and said that the Commission has since intensified campaign to ensure the reduction of dangers and risk associated with cybercrime in the country.
Mrs. Onweegbuchulam said that one of the most effective ways to protect telecom consumers from the effect of cybercrimes is through continuous consumer education and awareness.
She stated that many people have lost their lives, monies, personal identity and privacies through cybercrime which gave rise to its decision to stem the tide adding that the commission is committed to using its various outreach programmes to enlighten them on safety measures.

The Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau of the commission, disclosed this in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital during 105th edition of consumer outreach programme of the commission with the theme “Mitigating Effects of Cybercrimes: The  Role of
Telecom Consumers”.

She explained that the commission was partnering with security agents, National Security Adviser and other relevant stakeholders to tackle the menace adding that the was must be won with determination and political will.

Onwuegbuchulam said “cybercrime gives big concern to the commission. People lose their money, people their personal identity, people lose
their privacies and on the process, they are either duped or even harmed or killed”.

“The war against cybercrime may not have been won but we are doing everything humanly possible to stem the tide, it is an ongoing thing. As they are coming up,  you are dressing them and new ones are coming up.

“The greatest achievement in this fight is empowering the consumers to understand that these problems exist, what they are, what they
supposed to do, how they can  mitigate it when it occurs. We are putting in place technology that will also address the issue on the technical side.

“So, we are looking at this issue from the technical aspect, looking at it from the regulatory aspect and looking at it from the consumer perspective so that collectively all of us will tackle this menace”.

On his part, Deputy Director Consumer Affairs Bureau of the commission, Alhaji Ismail Adedigba said the commission has initiated a process to establish an Internet Industry Code of Practice for
internet providers in the country as a result of unprecedented increase in the usage of Internet-based solutions and services.

“the Internet Code is a regulatory intervention expected to secure the country’s cyber space against imminent threats from cyber attackers as
well as addressing issues such as online child protection, privacy and data protection among others”, he said.

In an interview with some of the perticipants, they decried the high level of cybercrime in the Ebonyi State and called on the the security agencies and other relevant authorities to put moderlities in place to ensure the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the crime.
Prince Godwin MacOkkah while narrating his ordeal said that cybercrime has become so sophisticated that many consumers now fall victims to the crime pointing out that the agony and pain associated to the crime has led many to early grave.
Another Consumer, Mr. Samuel Ebenyi called on the Nigeria Communication Commission NCC to intensify the campaign and take it down to the grassroot as many consumer in the rural area are mostly illetrates that usually fall prey to the criminals.
He commended the commission for the laudable initiative and assured that they will also take the massage to others.
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