The judicial council of the University Students’ Association of Ghana (USAG) led by Her Ladyship Abigail Afful on Friday held its maiden edition of the USAG Legal Lecture Series at Kings University College, Weija- Accra.
The lecture was in collaboration with the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) and Law Students’ Union (LSU) of Kings University College on the topic; Cybercrime and related offenses with a particular interest in the recent Cyber security Act, 2020 (Act 1038).
Gertrude Amorkor Amarh Esq., lecturer at the UPSA Law School and the Programmes Coordinator for the Centre for Practical and Multidisciplinary Legal Education and Training (CPMLET) of UPSA and Mr. Isaac Socrates Mensah (delegated by Dr. Antwi Boasiako Head-NCSC) Cyber Analyst, Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) of the National Cyber Security Centre. He is responsible for handling and analyzing cybercrime/cybersecurity incidents reported to the Centre.
Mr. Socrates Mensah brought to light some Global and National Cybercrime trends, Cybercrime/Cybersecurity Legislations, how the Act came about, and the significance of the Act in this era. He also informed the audience about the incident reporting points of contact of cybercrime in Ghana (i.e. WhatsApp contact- 0501603111, call or send SMS to 292).
Ms. Amarh delved into the main topic for the lecture, Cybercrime and related offenses with a particular interest in the recent Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038). The areas considered were child pornography, cyberstalking, sexual extortion, revenge pornography, cybersecurity threats, and other related offenses. She explained clearly the stance of the law as to who are classified as victims, as well as, who may qualify as an offender.
The program was also graced with the presence of the Dean of the Law Faculty Prof H. H. Mensah, as well as Head of Department of Law, Mr. Attakorah- Kings University College, who both expressed utmost pleasure in the lecture.
The council expressed appreciation to the speakers for their time, the USAG executives for their support, members of the USAG Judicial Council for this brilliant initiative, SRC and LSU, and the entire student body of Kings University College for embracing this worthy course.