Reps Propose N25 Million Fine And 15-Year Jail Term For Cybercrime (Yahoo Yahoo)

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The House of Representatives has proposed heavy penalties for “Computer misuse and Cybercrimes,” with fines ranging from N5m to N25m for offenders.

Convicted persons will also serve jail terms ranging from two to 15 years.

Cybercrime is commonly known as Yahoo Yahoo in Nigeria.

The penalties are contained in amendments proposed to the Criminal Code and the Penal Code. The two bills have already passed second reading at the House and are scheduled for public hearing by the House Committee on Justice headed by Mr. Ali Ahmad.

For the Criminal Code, the amendment seeks to insert a new Chapter 56, dedicated to “Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Offences.”

Section 3 (1) provides that it is an offence to gain access to a computer system or network without authorisation. Offenders are “liable on conviction to a fine of not more than N10m or imprisonment for a term of five years or both.”

The fine can be up to N20m or 10-year imprisonment or both if the offence is “committed with the intent of obtaining computer data, securing access to any program, commercial or industrial secrets or confidential information.”

The section gives further explanations, “Any person, who commits an offence under this section, uses any device to avoid detection or otherwise prevent identification with the act or omission, commits an offence or facilitates the commission of such offence and is liable on conviction to a fine of not more than N20m or imprisonment of 10 years or to both.”

The amendment proposes a penalty of N15m or a prison term of eight years or both for any “unauthorised modification” of a computer program or data held in any computer or network.

Under Section 8 of the provisions, any act, deliberately intended to make a computer system or network to malfunction for criminal gains, is punishable with a fine of N15m or a jail term of 10 years.

The disclosure of password or access code to any computer or network without authorisation carries a jail term of two years or a fine of N5m or both.

However, the jail term can be as high as 15 years or a fine of N25m or both if the act results to a “substantial loss or damage.”

The proposals, which were obtained by Saturday PUNCH in Abuja, also provided various penalties for “identify theft and impersonation, child pornography and related Offences, cyber squatting, cyber terrorism, racist and xenophobic offences, interception of electronic communication, cyber stalking and cyber harassment.”

Cyber criminals are said to get away easily in Nigeria due to weak legal provisions to punish them.

Security agencies and anti-graft bodies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have frequently called for stiffer legal provisions to address the problem.

The two amendments were proposed by a member, Aisha Daniru-Ahmed.

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14 Comments

  • They must be stupid. If some one could embezzle #23b and b given 2yr imprisonment or fine of #750,000. They could nt make law for life imprisonment or given dead by hanging but ave time to legislate for yahoo yahoo for 10yr jail term, yhen something is wrong with our system.

  • Gbam…
    Please try and see to our government system as well, those eaten our right should as well be given capital punishment to serve as deterrent to others

  • Who are the cause of all this problems? Is it not our leaders,poor man go steal maggi una go jailam ten years,big man go steal thrillions e go pay one hundred naira fine,only God go judge una.

  • Na dem sabi O. Dem neva see anytin.Wait small make boyz get betta phone 4hand,napolitician loot boyz go begin face.
    No be only lawmaker dey chop food O. Boyz are hungry and jobless.
    After dem don thief belleful,dem dey point finger at poor man.
    Ok now,we go see. 4dis nijah. Na lie dem dey talk O.
    De husttle jus start.Make dem siddon dere dey mess from mouth
    .

  • thats why i like d name nigeria…why can we take up arm and kill all dis pple,if they are able to do it libya,why not nigeria

  • D reps dat prepare d poposal shuld be taken 2 phycatric hospital 2 check if dey re still ok or insane how on earth will dey popose such if sum1 cud embelze #23bn nd its bein given 2yrs jail term or fine of #750,000 naira.God wen will corruption stop in diz our noble country.dey will never mk law dat will nt favour dem since dey re d thieves

  • this ppl are mad in their brains how about some body that embezzle trillion of naira we jut serve only two yr in prison while poorman that jut manage to himself will save as a escape goat.poorman vs richman

  • The constititution in Nigeria needs to be ammended. If the house of Rep are so much worried and concern about the case of the Yahoo boys and their fraud then they should be concern about the cases of embezzlement and theft in the high places. Take the case of cecilia Ibru, Akingbola and the recent pension fraud for example! Where are we goiing in Nigeria? What legacy do we want to leave for the future generation? I think the law should be more strict. And pple should be made to pay for their offence squarely. It has been done in Nigeria before and it can still be done if the law is reviewed and ammended.

  • The constititution of Nigeria needs to be ammended. If the house of Rep are so much worried and concern about the case of the Yahoo boys and their fraud then they should be concern about the cases of embezzlement and theft in the high places. Take the case of cecilia Ibru,Bode George, Akingbola and the recent pension fraud for example! Where are we goiing in Nigeria? What legacy do we want to leave for the future generation? I think the law should be more strict and pple should be made to pay for their offence squarely. It has been done in Nigeria before and it can still be done if the law is reviewed and ammended.

    • What abt Felicia Eteh, Demiji Bankole ? I recommend 49 years jail sentence without fine options. You lead by example and not by mare words. This house of assembly and all arms of govt should go and kaput.

  • NA GOD GO PUNISH ALL THE NIGERIAN LEADER WEN BRING DIS SUGGESTION!! NA DERE CHILDREN WEN THERE BRIAN NOR STRONG WELL GO SPEND 15 YEARS FOR JAIL.

    FUCK SPUPID LEADERS, WEN WORK NOR DEY, WATIN MAN GO DO

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