Cybercrime/Digital Forensic Investigation & Prosecution

Certificate of Proficiency in Cybercrime/Digital Forensic Investigation & Prosecution

Weekly training modules are based on the textbook: DIGITAL EVIDENCE & eDISCOVERY LAW PRACTICE IN NIGERIA by the Convener of the course Emeka Arinze Esq, LLM, M.I.T (info-tech), CBSP (Certified Biometric & Surveillance Professional, CDEA (Certified Digital Evidence Analyst), CCI (Certified Cybercrime Investigator), CFP (Certified Forensic Professional).

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5 hours to complete
Search and Seizure in Digital Forensic Investigation. See Chapter 35 of the book for further reading

Criminal engagement has taken advantage that accrued to legitimate businesses in utilising computers to store records, execute transactions and communicate with others. As noted earlier, unlike paper filing system, any given hard drive contains information the average user assumes never was or is no longer there. Such contents include websites visited, emails sent and forgotten, documents deleted or never deliberately saved. The more society relies on electronic devices to communicate and store information, the more likely it is that evidence once found in filing cabinets, letters and photo albums will now be available only in electronic storage.

Case after case, from homicides and kidnappings to drug trafficking, financial fraud and child exploitation, all have revealed that critical evidence could come from smartphones, computers and online communications.

The Focus of this Module

Because the 21st century technology of computing and connectivity has essentially impacted our traditional processes of search and seizure of equipment suspected to have been used in the commission crime of cyber origin, prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, lawyers and courts alike, have begun to confront new and different types of problems. This weekly module in a most detailed manner, focuses on search and seizure in the digital age.

Gains and Benefit

On completion of the lecture as espoused in the video, reading activity, quiz and assessment, you will be able to understand:

  • The general concept of search and seizure;
  • The existing Rules on search and seizure in Nigeria;
  • the fundamental issues for consideration in search and seizure in the digital age;
  • the applicable Rules on Search and Seizure of Computers and Their Devices in Digital Forensic Investigation in Nigeria;
  • the description of what to be Seized: Computer System Search;
  • digital property in the cloud subject to search and seizure;
  • affidavit in Support of Warrant for Search and Seizure of Computers;
  • relevant Sections of the Cybercrime Act in relation to Search and Seizure;
  • exceptions to the Warrant Requirement: Warrantless Searches;
  • the need for Engagement of Experts in Search and Seizure Operations;
  • permissible time period for examining seized media, imposed by the Nigeria cybercrime act, 2015;
  • acquiring Data for Search and Seizure by Investigators;
  • the jurisdiction of a Judge to issue Search Warrant on a Computer System Existing Outside its National Territory;
  • the basic tips for government agencies for request for assistance from the authority of foreign jurisdictions in investigation, sequel to search and seizure and
  • illegally-Obtained Evidence: Improper Search and Seizure
1 Video (Total 30 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz, 1 assignment SEE ALL
1 video
Search and Seizure in Digital Forensic Investigation
1 readings
Module Guide
1 quiz
Activity - Answer a 30 min question & answer test
1 assignment
Assignment of the week