JUST IN: Destiny of Nigeria in hands of media– DPO, asks federal government to set-up data base for citizens

Media practitioners have been urged to reject armchair journalism and go extra in reporting the activities and issues in their determined effort to build a virile country…...CONTINUE READING HERE

The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) for Onitsha Central Police Station (CPS), Mr. Rabiu Garba, made the call in Onitsha in a lecture on Cybercrime he delivered during Christmas and End of Year celebration by members of Onitsha Print Media.
Garba, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said the media have critical role of between the society and the public as well as peovide feedback function.

He said the media update the Police in particular on the thinking of the society about it, saying: ” The media should understand that the destiny of the country lies in their hands”.

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Stressing also the importance of effective policing in the society, Garba said without adequate security no country can develop.

He said on account of this journalists should go extra in reportage of events and issues in the society especially as they affect Police .
Garba said: “Journalists should not copy and paste . They should not mislead the people with their reports. We know the challenge they are going through , lack of cooperation from Government agencies and officials inspite of the the passage of Freedom of Information Bill (FOI), lack of fund, they should continue to ensure accurate and balance reportage of issues and events”.

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He said that the media serve as ombudsman to three Arms of Government: the Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary.

Turning to high rate of Cybercrime in the country, the DPO called for Nigerian Government to urgently create data base of the citizens as a way of reducing Cybercrime in the country.

He said without data base it would be difficult to track e crime in the country, lamenting that Nigeria ia still trailing behind in putting legislation that would reduce Cybercrime.

Garba said Nigeria belatedly put up legal instruments to checkmate Cybercrime in 2015 but the Nigerian Police did not set cyber unit untill, 2017, while many of the Acts are still in process.

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He said for now there is no specialisation in Cybercrime in the country especially in our Judiciary’ and that was why there is no specialised Court on Cybercrime in the country.

The DPO said Federal Government should hdrmonise our National Identification Number (NIN) to include the owner’s fingerprint and hair.

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