IGP orders expansion of cybercrime operations to FCID annex offices

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has ordered the expansion of the National Cybercrime Centre (NCCC) operations to the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) Annex offices.

In a statement on Wednesday, signed by Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the police disclosed that the initiative aims to curb the malicious activities of internet fraudsters and safeguard the country’s peace and stability.

According to the police, the expansion comes in response to a notable increase in the creation and spread of misinformation and disinformation on social media platforms, which they feared is capable of disrupting public order and tarnishing the nation’s image.

The statement added that the move is intended to facilitate the effective enforcement of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention, etc.) Amendment Act 2024, ensuring that cyber-related offenses are professionally investigated and managed.

IGP Egbetokun further emphasized that the expansion of the NCCC is a critical step in enhancing the Nigerian Police Force’s (NPF) capability to combat cybercrime.

He reassured the public of the NPF’s unwavering commitment to protecting digital spaces and ensuring the safety and security of all Nigerians.

The NCCC’s new operational offices are set to be established at FCID Annex offices in Lagos, Kaduna, Gombe, and Enugu States.

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