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Institute seeks Reps approval for digital forensic trainings

The President Chattered Institute of Digital Forensic of Nigeria Professor Peter Olaiwola addressing members at the hearing

The Chattered Institute of Digital Forensic of Nigeria has solicited the approval of the House of Representatives to train professional computer experts in digital forensics for national security and development.

The president of the institute, professor Peter Olaiwola, made the call  at a public hearing organized by the house Committee on Science and Technology on ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish the Chattered Institute of Computer Forensics of Nigeria

Prof Olaiwola said that computer forensics is used by computer experts to solve human problems.

According to him, the purpose of the institute is training of digital forensic examiners who can easily track any form of crime committed through the use of an electronic device in any part of the country.

He said:” What we seek is for a legislative backing for the institute so that the certificates issued to forensic examiners can have the face of the law”.

In a chart with newsmen, prof. Olayiwola explained that the draft bill centres on computer forensics, a distinct field away from Information Technology, adding that if need be, the bill could drop the regulation on Cyber Security and concentrate on Computer Forensics and investigations.

However, the President of the computer professional’s registration Council of Nigeria, Mr. Kole Jagun said the proposed institute would create some conflicts within the information and communications technology ICT stakeholders.

Other stakeholders such as the Nigeria Police Force NPF, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC and the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC expressed their support to the institute

The Sponsor of the bill, Mr Uju Kingsley submitted that products of the institute will fill the gap of capable middle-level manpower requirements in the Oil and Gas sector.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu, editing by Daniel Adejo.