Barely two weeks after the Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NiRA), .ng Registry announced the establishment of Law Enforcement Desk (LED) to handle complaints on Domain Name abuse, it has already received 300 complaints on issues of Internet Abuse ranging from Domain Name Abuses to theft of individuals’ personal details and of course, Financial Fraud, Nigeria CommunicationsWeek can report.
Speaking on the “bad situation that is trending in Nigeria”, which necessitated the establishment of the Desk, Sunday Folayan, president of NiRA said that “Nigerians are being defrauded by various forms of internet fraudsters”.
In the last edition of the NiRA e-newsletter, the .ng Registry stated that NiRA had taken concrete steps to deal with the menace of abuse within the Internet ecosystem, by creating a desk for dealing with Internet Abuse within the .ng ecosystem.
“Nigerians have responded positively with varied tales. NIRA has commenced investigations into those cases within its purview,” Folayan said in the latest NiRA e-newsletter.
He said that as part of its efforts, NiRA convened a meeting of representatives of relevant law enforcement agencies (LEA) and stakeholders on the need to collaborate to curtail the menace.
“Agencies represented include the Nigeria Police through the Lagos State Police Command, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Special Fraud Unit, ngCERT, Central Bank of Nigeria Plc, etc.
“At the inaugural meeting, The NiRA President highlighted the high rate at which crimes were becoming engrained in the national life, using .ng domain names and reported that NiRA had received over 300 complaints on issues of Internet Abuse ranging from Domain Name Abuses to theft of individuals’ personal details and of course, Financial Fraud.
“Participants reviewed the Internal Procedural process developed in-house by NiRA to deal with the incidents of abuses, taking note of the areas of cooperation and collaboration with the various agencies present. It was a huge success as the law enforcement agencies expressed their willingness to collaborate to tackle the identified abuse in the Internet ecosystem and protect Nigerians.
“Henceforth, the group will meet quarterly, having identified other stakeholders whose involvement is crucial to the success of the programme”, he said urging those privy to any form of abuse using .ng domain names, “do send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org”.