Stop harassing youths with laptops, FG warns security agents

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The Federal Ministry of Communications (FMC) has condemned wrongful profiling of young Nigerians with computing devices like laptops, tablets etc by security agencies.

Minister of Communications, Isa Pantami said this in a statement signed by spokesperson Uwa Suleiman.

According to the Minister, if this trend goes unchecked, it will dampen the vigorous attempt at diversifying the economy and push more young energies underground with catastrophic consequences.

The statement reads in part; “The attention of the Federal Ministry of Communications (FMC), has been drawn to reports of widespread harassment of young Nigerians with personal computers, tablets or phablets in public places.

“These reports indicate that young persons are generally regarded as fraudsters by officers of security agencies if found with such devices in their possession and subsequently subjected to varied forms of harassment and in some cases outright extortion.

“The Ministry notes with dismay, this unfortunate turn of events as we celebrate the growing and bubbling technology eco-system in Nigeria that enables young persons to learn various skills ranging from software engineering to varied forms of entrepreneurship by simply accessing online tools and content on these devices,” the statement read in part.

The Ministry said although it is aware that several other persons engage in nefarious activities using computers and similar devices, caution must be applied so as not to paint all young Nigerians with a similar brush.

They however commended the efforts of some law enforcement agencies, including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in intelligence gathering and subsequent apprehension of these unscrupulous elements who use computing systems to commit cybercrimes.




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