…a need for a technologically enabled system to prevent these
Security specialists in Nigeria are ready to prove the expertise of their profession to ease the country from its daily uprise in crime and violence. The Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (CIFIPN) has suggested the use of its forensic technology to tackle insurgency in the state.
The consent of the federal government of Nigeria has been called upon by the CIFIPN interim President, Dr. Enape Victoria Ayishetu via a press conference they themed “Deploying Forensic Science to tackle Insecurity, Corruption, Fraud, and Cyber-Crimes to Prevent a Looming Devastating Effect on Nigerian Economy.” This conference kicked off by May 1st in Nigeria’s state capital, Abuja.
The conference focused on soluble resources to curb the outrageous increase in crime, violence, and other problems Nigeria is currently entangled in, including, economic recession and other corruption. The federal government is expected to change strategies and other measures they are currently using to tackle the county’s problem, in line with Ayishetu.
“One of the biggest problems confronting Nigeria today is insecurity, fraud, corruption, and cybercrimes. Crimes of all kinds like killings.” The CIFIPN interim president analogy is similar to a timebomb programmed to detonate in a splits seconds, since other issues including, “kidnappings, social media hacking, cybercrimes, fraud, and corruption” have been gravely ignored because of technology — “what that means is that there is a need for a technologically enabled system to prevent these problems.”
The longer it takes to tackle these problems, the challenges are the repercussions that reflects on the economy which is currently on the negative side of the Cartesian graph. Ayishetu made it worth noting that “underdevelopment, rising unemployment situations, retrenchments, the collapse of corporate organizations, banks, poor infrastructural development, as well as national insecurity” keeps rising because CIFIPN has neglected to function in preventing crimes and protect Nigeria.
The federal government is expected to think outside the box, utilizing the CIFIPN as a tool to tackle fraudsters and corrupt personalities who have autonomously contributed to draining Nigeria simultaneously into a mess. “The use of forensic in dealings and preventing the menace cannot be over-emphasized.”
Meanwhile, these criminals use their identities and positions to embezzle public funds, commit fraud, and money laundering has placed Nigeria on a high debt stake which is currently valued at two trillion Naira according to CIFIPN analysis. Nigeria’s debt is currently higher than the previous one that is valued at a billion Naira. “Most of these crimes are committed through the internet (phishing and identity theft) of which no other ways of preventing them than forensic science and technology,” she added.
The Nigerian justice system usually handles these cases with a nonchalance supported by a lack of expertise. Most cases are never attended to because there is either no existing evidence or an unnecessary delay because a high profiled personality happens to be the actual criminal. Nigeria is regarded as the country with the highest criminal activity — although the federal government recently deployed a new strategy that resulted to be less effective.
Dr. Ayishetu highlighted that these criminals are in a location that appears to be hidden in the CIFIPN database because they are not updated to the latest geographical zones within the country. Not forgetting the “initiative behind the proposed Bill is the realization that even though anti-corruption agencies have been established and numerous civil service reforms and laws to fight corruption have put in place by the government,” have been AWOL in recent times.
“Hence, the need for a profession like ours, imbued with a high level of competence to proffer solutions to the menace of fraud and corruption in Nigeria, to be backed with the required legislative/legal framework to carry out this herculean task.” According to Ayishetu, the Nigerian government should be cautious in dealing with its security, while the interest of its citizens is protected.