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Proceedings of the 2022 International Conference on Research in Management & Technovation

Annals of Computer Science and Information Systems, Volume 34

Digital Forensic Readiness of Cybercrime Investigating Institutions in Nigeria: A Case Study of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigeria Police Force


DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15439/2022M9438

Citation: Proceedings of the 2022 International Conference on Research in Management & Technovation, Viet Ha Hoang, Vijender Kumar Solanki, Nguyen Thi Hong Nga, Shivani Agarwal (eds). ACSIS, Vol. 34, pages 5357 ()

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Abstract. This case study investigates Nigeria's cybercrime agencies' digital forensic readiness and forensic capability and how this affects the cybercrime caseloads and prosecution. The Routine Activity Theory (RAT) and the Technology, Organization, and Environment (TOE) theories were applied. This study used the TOE framework to examine the digital forensic technology adoption and forensic readiness of cybercrime investigators in Nigeria and relates this with the RAT framework and the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies as capable guardians. The research population of this study was the Nigerian Internet fraud investigative agencies -- the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). Eighteen participants from the two organizations were interviewed. The paper concluded that the cybercrime investigators in Nigeria are not forensically ready given the established lack of digital forensic resources (technological gap, human resources gap, skills gap, funding gap), particularly when juxtaposed with the high cybercrime caseloads in the country.


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