The challenge of combating crime on the internet was brought to the front burner during the four- day meeting of Interpol Chiefs at Dubai, the United Arab Emirate (UAE), which ended yesterday.
The meeting, which was the 87th INTERPOL General Assembly with theme, “Policing in the information age,” addressed how technology will change future threats, and how it can be used by law enforcement agencies to meet these challenges.
Nigeria’s representative at the conference, Sir Chikwe Udensi, pledged to work relentlessly with all security chiefs to ensure that the country’s security architecture remains formidable to combat the prevailing security challenges in the country.
Udensi, who is head of INTERPOL Systems in Nigeria, said his office was currently implementing the country’s expansion of what he described as the foremost crime fighting tool in the world called the INTERPOL 1/247.
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He disclosed that with the successful installation of this security gadget in the Nigerian Police Force headquarters, Abuja, the world-class crime fighting tool would equally be extended to other security agencies in the country.
Udensi said that one of the key issues tabled for discussion at this year’ conference is the increased uses of artificial intelligence and robotics, as well as innovation in the field of forensics.
According to him, with more than 55 per cent of the world’s population having Internet access, “criminals are increasingly going after data as a means to make money, as shown by recent ransom ware attacks.”
A statement by his media officer Michael Ukpabi, said that Udensi, who is the foremost INTERPOL consultant in the country, came first in a competition by representatives of 199 member countries who participated in the recent INTERPOL Exhibition held in Singapore.