Here Is The New Nigerian Cyber Crime Bill

Here are the listed offenses in the bill with their punishment. I compiled them from the report Punch  released. 

According to the bill, Internet service providers will be required to keep all traffic data and subscriber information for the purpose of prosecuting those suspected of committing cyber-crimes (Gobe!!!) . The service providers are expected to provide necessary assistance towards the identification, apprehension and prosecution of offenders, failure of which makes them liable to fines and or jail terms.

If you as a Nigerian internet user:

  • Insults someone else publicly, through a computer system or network, you have committed an offense and will be liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term of not less than five years or to a fine of not less than N10m or to both fine and imprisonment.
  • If you circulate or make any racist and xenophobic material available online, you get a jail term of five years.
  • Cyber-criminals, who hide under the anonymity of the Internet to bully, harass other users of online platforms also risk jail terms when the law comes into full force.
  • Anyone found guilty of posting messages deemed “grossly offensive, indecent, obscene” or messages aimed at “causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety” to another online user gets a jail term of 12 months
  • If you bully, threaten or harass another person, through “information and communication technologies” or posts messages online that contains “threats to kidnap or injure” another person, you will be jailed five years or pay a fine of N15m or both.
  • Then the craziest part I earlier told you about –  if you commit an offense against what the bill calls “critical national information infrastructure” which results in death, automatically, a death sentence will be prescribed for you!

Part V, Section four of the bill prescribes the Office of the National Security Adviser as the co-coordinating body for all security and enforcement agencies when the bill becomes law.




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