Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, has frowned at widespread harassment of Nigerians with personal
computers, tablets and other ICT gadgets in public places by security operatives.
The Minister made his feelings known in a statement issued on Tuesday by his Spokesman, Mrs Uwa Suleiman.
Part of the statement read, “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
“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.
“We are aware that several other persons have engaged in nefarious activities utilising computers and similar devices, we
must however be careful not to paint all young Nigerians with a similar brush.’
However, Dr. Pantami, commended the efforts of some law enforcement agencies, particularly the approach of the Economic
and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in intelligence gathering and subsequent apprehension of these unscrupulous
elements who use computing systems to commit cybercrimes.