In an effort to checkmate the activities of cyber criminals in Nigeria, the war against it received a major boost, when the federal government disclosed that it would soon inaugurate the advisory committee on cyber crime in Nigeria.

The Nigerian Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo disclosed this at an awareness workshop themed “Emerging Cyber Security threat and Counter measures organised by the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria, (CSEAN) in Abuja.

The vice president who was represented at the workshop by his Senior Special Assistant on Rule of Law, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran said the term of reference of the advisory committee would be to advise the government on the operationalization of the recently passed cyber crime law by the last administration.

“The advisory committee will premiere our fight against cyber crime and give advice on the best way to protect our national critical infrastructure against the cyber threat that may be coming both within and outside the shores of the country.”

He said the recent efforts by the Office of the National Security Adviser and NITDA in establishing the Computer Emergency Readiness and Response team (CERRT); was a proactive measure to check the activities of cyber criminals.

Prof Osinbajo stated that the government would leverage on Cyber Security to create jobs. He added that such jobs will develop human capacity in the area of cyber security.

He however advised the Cyber Security Experts in the country to consider establishing the private Computer Emergency Readiness and Response centre to complement what the government is doing in combating cyber security threats.