The House of Representatives, at the plenary on Wednesday, passed a bill seeking to establish a Chartered Institute of Computer Forensics of Nigeria.

The passage followed the consideration and adoption of the report by the House Committee on Science and Technology on the bill.

The Chairman of the committee, Beni Lar, had laid the report on the legislation, titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish the Chartered Institute of Computer Forensics on Nigeria and for Other Related Matters (Establishment) Bill.’

Presenting the report, Lar stated that the proposed body has “many advantages amongst which seeks a diagnostic analysis of every part of crime and investigation from the crime scene all through prosecution to judicial pronouncement.”

The lawmaker said, “It is the scientific process of acquiring digital or electronic exhibit or data, preserving same and processing them through forensic examination/extracting, forensic analysis, reporting and presenting the resultant digital or electronic evidence in a manner that is legally acceptable, using an approved methodology and for legal purpose.

“The overwhelming support for this bill, when passed into law, will help in the detection of all forms of crimes, both electronic crimes, i.e. attacks on critical information infrastructure and others as listed in Nigeria Cybercrime Act 2015. This bill, when passed, will also help in the detection of all terrestrial crimes i.e. kidnapping, terrorism, armed robbery, burglary by producing undeniable evidence for prosecution.

“It will also provide electronic evidence in solving all forms of crimes, therefore the job of the chartered institute of computer forensics will be performed at crime scenes and at digital forensic laboratories. This will go a very long way in unraveling the many unresolved crimes perpetrated in Nigeria

“The data or information for the digital forensic processes can be extracted from computers, telephones and mobile devices, tablets, various hand-held devices, data storage media, networks, cloud storage, vehicles. It may interest you to know that calls made and the movement of your automobile in the last three months can be retrieved through this technology.”

Meanwhile, the House also passed a bill that is proposing a Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria for third reading on Wednesday.

The legislation is titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish the Chartered Institute of Forensics and Certified Fraud Examiners of Nigeria, to provide for the Regulation and Control of its Membership and Promote the practice of Forensics and Fraud Examiners in Nigeria.’

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has also passed a bill establishing an Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria.

The legislation is titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria Empowered with the Responsibility, Amongst Others, to Regulate and Determine the Standards of Knowledge, Skills and Qualification of Persons Seeking to Become Professional Strategic Managers in Nigeria.’

Reacting to the passage, President/Chairman-in-Council, ISMN, Alex Ndudi Enebeli, in a statement issued on Wednesday and titled ‘Letter of Appreciation,’ commended the House for giving legal backing to the body.

The statement read, “The President and Chairman-in-Council of the Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria, Mr Alex Ndudi Enebeli, acknowledged and thanked the House of Representatives under the leadership of Rt. Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila for carrying out due diligence by passing the Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria Charter Bill into an Act to establish the Institute.