CFIN President, Dr. Peter Olu Olayiwola
The Federal Ministry of Justice has commenced training of legal practitioners on forensic evidence in order to strengthen the capacity of legal officers of the ministry in the area of forensic evidence examination and presentation.
The training seeks to expose them to the nature and scope of digital and cybercrime in the society.
The ministry in collaboration with First Digital & Techno-Law Forensics Company, held a four-day Forensics Evidence Boot Camp for legal officers of the ministry in Abuja recently.
The first day of the workshop witnessed the opening ceremony and the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice, Abdullahi Ahmed Yola, who was represented at the event by the Director, Human Resource Management of the ministry.
Ahmed had in his opening address stated that the objective of the training was to provide the participants with useful and modern techniques on Cyber Warfare and Security, which included the prevention and detection of Cyber/information security threats and professional handling of forensic evidence. He further stated that the workshop was designed to help in the needed knowledge of skill required to enable lawyers to assist tribunals.
According to him, “the coming into being of the new Evidence Act makes it very necessary to prepare you adequately in digital and computer forensics because a large percentage of all criminal cases today have one form of digital evidence or another.” He implored participants to take full advantage of the workshop and participate effectively in order to achieve the essence of the training, which seeks to have a group of Lawyers who will be better informed in the prevention and detection of digital and computer crime and who will support law enforcement agencies and the judiciary in the skilful handling of digital evidence.
In his remarks, President, Computer Forensics Institute, Nigeria (CFIN), Dr. Peter Olu Olayiwola, said his organisation had concluded arrangements with First Digital & Techno-Law Forensics Company, which is their training partners, to offer a special scholarship for the training and certification of 1,000 new Forensics Examiners for Nigeria. The scholarship which he said would be worth N100, 000.00 per participant, was being offered by First Digital & Techno-Law Forensics to prospective CFIN members to show their support for the Federal Government's efforts in the fight against corruption, terrorism and all forms of digital crime.
Another reason for the special scholarship, according to Olayiwola, was to offer deserving Nigerians the opportunity to become Certified Forensics Examiners. He said the scholarship would make more Nigerian youths employable in the growing new profession of forensics where there is presently a big gap in the demand.
Olayiwola explained that Certified Digital and Computer Forensic Examiners were individuals who specialised in the prevention, detection and investigation of digital, computer and other crimes, and who support law enforcement agencies and the judiciary by skilful acquisition, analysis, handling and presentation of digital/forensic evidence in court and other tribunal cases.