Emeka Arinze Esq., is the first Nigerian lawyer to be dual qualified in Law and Forensic Technology. Called to Nigerian bar in 1983, he holds a Masters’ degree (LL.M) in law of the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Masters’ degree in Information Technology (with emphasis on forensic technology) of the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
In 2006 Emeka Arinze attended a certificate course on Cyber Crime & National Security organised by NACETEM, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife., and was awarded a certificate on Cyber Crime & National Security upon completion of the course.
In 2006, Emeka Arinze was trained by a Canadian based company; Data & Scientific Systems Inc on Data Intrusion Detection & Prevention technique, featuring two-factor authentication process that incorporates eToken Authenticators, SafeWord Authenticators, SafeNet iKey USB Token & Smart Card. These processes enable secure PKI implementation, secure access to the web, e-mail, digital credentials, encryption and decryption capabilities, as well as software authentication and single sign-on solutions.
In 2008, Emeka Arinze attended an international training conference in Digital Evidence in London. The training was accredited by the Law Society of England and the Bar standards. It was organised by MIS Training Institute, London in partnership with and under the guidance of Stephen Mason, a Visiting Research Fellow, Digital Evidence Research, British Institute of International & Comparative law. The area of coverage in the training include, eDiscovery, electronic evidence integrity, trustworthiness, reliability and admissibility procedure, electronic signature, search & seizure of digital evidence in civil and criminal procedure, tendering & production of digital evidence, Biometric issues and evidence handling, video footage analyses, digital evidence practice in other jurisdictions etc. He was awarded a Certificate in Digital Evidence upon successful completion of the program.
In furtherance of the understanding of the dynamics of the Internet Technology and its convergence with the law, in 2010, Emeka was admitted for a course on Internet & the Law at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Upon a successful completion of the course, he was awarded a certificate by the University of Cape Town, South Africa on Internet and the Law.
Having acquired the basic academic and theoretical background in forensic Technology, the need for certifications in the various areas of Digital Forensic Technology becomes imperative. Consequently, he was trained for certification in Biometrics & Surveillance, Digital Evidence analyses, cybercrime investigation and digital forensics at various institutions in India from 2010 through 2013.
Emeka Arinze, after a successful completion of training on specific areas of Digital Forensics conducted by Asian School of Cyber Law, Mumbai, India and after successfully completing the examination administered by Asian School of Cyber Law and Data Techno Solutions Pvt, India and having obtained an aggregate score of 73% was duly certified in April 2013 as follows;
CFP (Certified Cyber Forensic Professional)
CCI (Certified Cyber Crime Investigator)
DEA (Certified Digital Evidence Analyst)
In addition to the above certifications, Emeka Arinze is also a Certified Biometrics & Surveillance Professional, CBSP. He was trained and certified in Biometrics & Surveillance by an Indian Academy as a Biometric and Surveillance Professional. The training and certification have the support and approval of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, KIIT University, Bhubaneshwar, India (formerly Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology), The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) a Public Private Partnership (PPP) set up to facilitate the skill development in India and Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) Indian multinational conglomerate.
Consequent upon these certifications, Emeka Arinze was inducted as a member into the prestigious Asian Network of Professionals and Association of Digital Forensic Investigators, India.
Over a decade, Emeka Arinze has been responsible for training of lawyers and judges at the Institute of Advanced Level Studies (NIALS), Lagos on Digital Forensic Advocacy and related fields.
Emeka Arinze has had the opportunity of providing forensic leads in cases bordering on election petition at various Election Petition Tribunal in Nigeria (from 2011 to 2015), such cases as led by Chief Wole Olanipeku SAN, Prof A A Utuama, Dr Alex Izinyon SAN, Chief Adebayo Adenipekun SAN, Chief E.L Akpofure SAN, Mr Ken Mozie SAN, Mr E. Ohwovoriole SAN, Mr Tayo Oyetibo SAN, Chief Kalu Umeh SAN (the Attorney General of Abia State, Nigeria), Dr. Livy Uzoukwu SAN, Chief Chris Uche SAN, Dr. Mike Ozekhome SAN, Chukwuma-Machukwu Umeh SAN, Dr. Mrs. V. J. O. Azinge SAN, Olalekon Ojo SAN, Emeka Okpoko SAN, Kabiru T. Turaki SAN, etc.
And most recently in 2018, Emeka Arinze provided forensic expert opinion/report, demonstrating the possibility of Voice (biometric) Impersonation at the National Judicial Council Investigative Panel Against Justice Akon Ikpeme of the Cross-River State Judiciary, sequel to the petition of the Civil Society Network Against Corruption and Senator Smart Adeyemi respectively. Emeka Arinze was led in evidence by Mr Mba Ukweni SAN, Mr Emeka Ofordile SAN, Mr Abdul Ibrahim SAN and Mr Tawo E Tawo SAN.
Satisfied with the said forensic demonstration of voice impersonation by Emeka Arinze, the National Judicial Council Investigative Panel acquitted the said Justice Akon Ikpeme of all allegations as made out by the Civil Society Network Against Corruption and Senator Smart Adeyemi respectively.