Niger makes cybercrime a security priority


The spread of new technologies provides new opportunities for both governments and non-state actors, including those committed against transnational crime and terrorism. Increasingly, transnational organized crime networks (including drug traffickers) and terrorists are exploiting the Internet in recruiting, radicalizing, spreading hate messages and even organizing terrorist actions.

In support of the G5 Sahel, UNODC organized a national training workshop on cybercrime, which was held from 15 to 19 May 2017 in Niamey, and was attended by 33 Nigerian law enforcement and judicial officers (including 2 women). Bringing together all the partners comitted to work in close collaboration with the G5 Sahel, the workshop also was attended by officers from the Central Office for the Repression of Illicit Drugs Trafficking (OCTRIS in French) and the entire staff of the G5 Sahel Security Cooperation Platform (PCMS) in Niger.

Entitled "Cybercrime: Using free tools to effectively address cybercrime and to preserve electronic evidence", this training session aimed to strengthen the capacities of specialized agents, such as the Technical and Forensic Police, in addressing the use of technologies for criminal purposes, and to sensitize law enforcement officers to cybercrime related issues.

Group photo of the participants during the workshop in Niamey
Group photo of the participants during the workshop in Niamey

The theoretical part of the training allowed the participants to tackle the identification, collection and preservation of digital clues, as well as their administration as evidence before judicial authorities.

In addition to security officers, magistrates also benefited from this training in order to improve their command of IT tools and to broaden their knowledge of the assets and opportunities that these tools provide against organized crime. Eventually, the training enabled the participants to approach expert reports on these issues, and led them to discuss the terminology needed to read, exploit them and use their data as evidence.

Investigations on transnational crime-related cases require a cooperative and integrated framework. In this context, UNODC supports the G5 Sahel Security Platform (PCMS), a mechanism implemented by this G5 Sahel for a coordinated response to transnational security-related issues in the region. UNODC supports its operationalization and thus contributes to consolidate the efforts of the Governments of the region against terrorism and organized crime.

UNODC plans to organize trainings on cybercrime for law enforcement officers in other G5 Sahel countries. These activities are implemented by the Sahel Programme as UNODC contribution to the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel.