REPORT OF THE ONE-DAY SEMINAR ON THE MENACE OF CYBERCRIME HOSTED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE PSFU ON THURSDAY, 20TH JULY 2017.

Due to the prevalence of cybercrime in our society today and the world as a whole, the Military, Police and Paramilitary Public Relations Officers’ Forum (MILPOPPROF), a project of the Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Center (PEACrEc) organized a one day seminar to intimate security information managers and operatives in Lagos area with the latest trends in cybercrime and therefore provide an enhanced awareness and capacity to fight the scourge with a common goal.

The seminar was hosted by the Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Milverton Street, Ikoyi, Lagos. The various Security Agencies were well represented by over 100 commissioned Officers across ranks in addition to PROs who were tasked to circulate the information disseminated at the seminar. Other invited persons of interest were officials of the British and the Canadian Deputy High Commissions.

The agencies present included, Nigerian Army, Nigerian Air force, Nigerian Police, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Immigration Service , Federal Road Safety Commission, National Security and Civil Defense Corps. The Canadian Deputy High Commission was represented by the Counselor (Management) and Consul, Wendy Desir while the British Deputy High Commission was represented by the Director of Immigration, Liam Harrison.

The Ag. Registrar Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Dr Ben Ahiante during his speech assured the highly elected image managers that the Institute holds this laudable Forum (MILPOPPROF) in high regards and must assist it to succeed in its bid to entrench and revitalize the primordial espirit-de-corps which the services hitherto are known for, all for the good of Nigeria. He advised all PROs to as matter of necessity to identify with the only PR regulatory body in Nigeria and professionalize in line with Federal Government policy.

The seminar was organized to enlighten security operatives on the extent of the Menace of Cybercrime, emphasizing the need to synergize as Security Agencies and thereby eliminating individualism, superiority and territorial boundaries among agencies in a common war against crime.
The ComPol PSFU, Ibrahim Lamorde mni, represented at the event by ACP Susan Horse-Fall, in his address encouraged the participants to work together as professional colleagues devoid of rancour, hatred, mutual suspicion, service supremacy and embrace the sense of esprit-de-corps in the later for the sole aim of achieving a crime free society. He commended PEACrEc, the promoters of MILPOPPROF for facilitating programs to encourage Peace and Unity amongst personnel of all security agencies.

The ACP Olaolu Adegbite MFR of the PSFU presented a very informative and enlightening discourse on the Menace of Cybercrime: The Role of Security Agencies, highlighting how all agencies can work together to detect, track and tackle cases of cybercrime synergistically.

After the paper presentation, there was a panel session chaired by the Secretary General of MILPOPPROF, Igwe Hosea Chibueze while Wendy Desir of the Canadian Deputy High Commission, Liam Harrison of the British Deputy High Commission, ACP Olaolu Adegbite, CSP Polycap Emeka PhD, Zone 2 Police PRO, CSP Dolapo Badmus, Immigrations PRO, Mr AO Ogunde and Customs PRO, Mrs Thelma Williams were discussants on the panel.

The PRO PSFU, ASP Audu Lawal anchored the event as the Master of Ceremony. He also used the opportunity to enlighten his professional colleagues and guests on the process of Visa procurement and also advised that activities of document vendors who go by the name “Agents” should be at all times be discouraged.

The event enjoyed press presence as it was covered by Silverbird Television, Liberty TV and smooth FM.