U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Maria Brewer opened the West Africa Cyber Initiative Bilateral Workshop in Abuja with a call to participants to network and strengthen the bonds within the Nigerian and U.S. law enforcement communities.
The workshop builds the capacity of Nigerian law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, legislators, and policy makers to help with the implementation of Nigeria’s cybercrime law. It is a collaboration between the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Justice, the U.S. State Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Homeland Security.
Mrs. Brewer said, “While the digital age presents boundless opportunities, it also presents many new challenges to law enforcement.” She added that the transnational nature of cybercrime dictates not just passage of laws and development of investigative tools, but also international cooperation.
Fifty investigators and prosecutors are undergoing the first week of training to strengthen cybercrime first responder and digital evidence skills, while also reviewing international cooperation, cybersecurity strategies and civil liberty issues.
In the second week, U.S. government officials will train 40 judges and 10 legislators/policy makers on legal proceedings and digital evidence, while addressing cybersecurity campaigns, Internet governance, and countering violent extremism.