UNODC facilitates south-south collaboration between cybercrime experts from Senegal & Niger

04-06-2021

DAKAR    A team of 6 cybercrime officers from Niger took part in a training workshop in Dakar provided by the Senegal police cyber unit and facilitated by UNODC.

A Senegalese officer, supported by UNODC, led the workshop in the first bilateral knowledge-sharing workshop of its kind between the two countries in the domain of cybercrime.

Equipment such as computers and write blockers - essential in cyber investigations- were also donated by UNODC to the experts from Niger.

Carmen Corbin, Head of Counter Cybercrime Programming for West & Central Africa at UNODC

“The write-blockers are the first that the cyber unit from Niger has ever received, so we have definitely provided them with something they need,” said Carmen Corbin, Head of Counter Cybercrime Programming for West and Central Africa at UNODC.

"During one of our training sessions last year, this wonderful collaboration between Senegal and Niger started. We are happy to support this crucial international cooperation. Cybercrime such as online fraud, extortion and child sexual abuse online and the use of ransomware is evolving and increasing in Africa and globally," she said.

During the closing ceremony, the Head of the Police Cyber Unit in Senegal gave closing remarks and specifically commented on the importance of this south-south cooperation and underlined the importance of having local experts conduct training sessions instead of flying in others from Europe or the USA.

"Cyber space is a small village with connections that one team cannot solve, so we should cultivate this philosophy on this complex and sophisticated issue.
Today we are happy to receive our Nigerian brother as we have a certain political, strategic and tactical understanding," he said.

Trainer Officer Papa Djibril Ngom, with Issoufou Bagouma, a police inspector from Niger, and Carmen Corbin addressing the trainees 
 

One of the officers from Niger said this was the first training of the kind he's received and provided valuable demonstrations and expertise.

"In five days we've learnt so much from our Senegalese trainer. We've been after a criminal for 3 years and during the sessions, we discovered new methods and tactics we'll be able to apply," said Issoufou Bagouma, a police inspector from Niger.

The training was made possible through funding from France and Germany.