Friday, 19 October 2018

Police Uncover Cybercriminals Cloning Websites of Major World Banks from Lagos …Scammers Target Wells Fargo, CBN, IMF, UBA others

A cell of international cybercrime syndicate fleecing depositors of millions of dollars at banks across the world have been uncovered at a hideout in Ajah area of Lagos.

Crime: Suspects Confess To Selling 31 Human Heads, Body Parts To Prominent Individuals In Kwara State, Northcentral Nigeria

Eight suspects arrested by the Police in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, have confessed to selling 31 human heads to yet-to-be identified prominent personalities in Nigeria. They also confessed to selling body parts for rituals and spiritual powers.

#NigeriaDecides2019: National Security Council Foresees Post-Election Violence


The meeting of the National Security Council presided by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday raised security concern over post-election violence and stockpiling of weapons by desperate politicians across the country.

Monday, 15 October 2018

BREAKING: Boko Haram Executes ICRC Aide Worker - Hauwa Liman, To Keep Leah Sharibu As Slave

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of Boko Haram, has reportedly executed Hauwa Liman, an aide worker with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Using Open Source Intelligence, Social Media Data To Forecast #NigeriaDecides2019


Introduction: This research is aimed at harvesting and collating social media data, open source intelligence or publicly available information on political trends, narratives, opinion polls and employing the dataset to forecast the likely winner in Nigeria’s forthcoming presidential election slated to take place on February 16, 2019. Granted there are about 24 candidates in the forthcoming presidential election but realpolitik, pragmatism implies the election would be a two-horse race between two northern Muslims of Fulani extraction - Atiku Abubakar (Peoples Democratic Party, PDP) and Muhammadu Buhari (All Progressives Congress, APC). Naysayers would argue that politics is local; that elections are not won on social media. Despite its flaws, open source intelligence, social media and big data analytics has proven to be veritable tools for inter-alia: predicting social unrest, economic crises, medical epidemic, natural disasters, terrorism and also gauging the ‘political pulse’.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Nigerian Govt Bans 50 High-profile Nigerians From Travelling Abroad


The presidency has just circulated the statement below announcing the placement of 50 high-profile Nigerians on travelling restrictions.

The individuals, whose identities were not disclosed, include those whose assets, valued at N50million and above, are subject of corruption investigation and litigation.
The statement by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the measure is part of the implementation of Executive Order Number 6 which seeks to ensure “that all assets within a minimum value of N50 million or equivalent, subject to investigation or litigation are protected from dissipation by employing all available lawful means, pending the final determination of any corruption-related matter.”

Mr Shehu added that the financial transactions of these persons of interest are also being monitored by relevant agencies to ensure the assets are not dissipated and that such persons do not interfere with,investigation and litigation processes.

READ FULL STATEMENT BELOW
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE

PRESIDENT BUHARI DIRECTS IMPLEMENTATION OF EO 6 IN FULL FORCE

Following the instant judicial affirmation of the constitutionality and legality of the Executive Order 6 (EO6), President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice to implement the Order in full force.

To this end, a number of enforcement procedures are currently in place by which the Nigeria Immigration Service and other security agencies have placed no fewer than 50 high profile persons directly affected by EO6 on watch-list and restricted them from leaving the county pending the determination of their cases.

Also, the financial transactions of these persons of interest are being monitored by the relevant agencies to ensure that the assets are not dissipated and such persons do not interfere with, nor howsoever corrupt the investigation and litigation processes.

It is instructive to note that EO6 was specifically directed to relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure that all assets within a minimum value of N50 million or equivalent, subject to investigation or litigation are protected from dissipation by employing all available lawful means, pending the final determination of any corruption-related matter.

The Buhari administration reassures all well-meaning and patriotic Nigerians of its commitment to the fight against corruption, in accordance with the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and the general principles of the Rule of Law.

Accordingly, this administration will uphold the rule of law in all its actions and the right of citizens would be protected as guaranteed by the Constitution.

We, therefore, enjoin all Nigerians to cooperate with the law enforcement authorities towards ensuring a successful implementation of the Executive Order 6 which is a paradigm-changing policy of the Federal Government in the fight against corruption.

Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)

October 13, 2018

Culled from: Premium Times 


Thursday, 11 October 2018

Nigeria: Gunmen Kidnap Professional Footballer, Wife, Demand N50m Ransom


Lobi Stars Football Club's forward, Sunday Akleche and his wife have have been reportedly kidnapped by unknown gunmen. Akleche was kidnapped alongside his wife along Abia state axis on his way to Port Harcourt to drop his wife, who is a serving Corp member in the state, according to members of his family.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Another Ex South Korea President Jailed For Corruption

Former South Korea President - Lee Myung-bak
Former South Korea President Lee Myung-bak was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday for corruption, the latest in a string of former leaders of the country who have faced similar charges after leaving office. He was also fined 13 billion won ($11.5 million).

UK Signs MoU With Nigeria To Strengthen Health Security


The United Kingdom, through its national public health institution, Public Health England, and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen health security in Nigeria.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Proliferation of Weaponized Information: Threat To Democracy, National Security?


Food For Thought: ‘’Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral’’
-         Laws of Technology By Professor Melvin Kranzberg (1917-1995)


Introduction: Social media, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) can be likened to the 21st century arms race. These innovations have disrupted the way we communicate, predict patterns/the stock market, national security (electronic intelligence and cyber-defence), and democracy, amongst others. Evidence abound of States, rogue states, non-state actors or ‘’lone wolves’’ (cyber troops) weaponizing information or launching information warfare (IW), psychological warfare (PSYWAR) or psychological operations (PSYOPs), and in some cases, manipulating social media with a bid to influencing the outcome of an election.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Flooding Claim 100 Lives in Nigeria; National Disaster Declared in 4 states

Nigeria has declared a national disaster after severe flooding left about 100 people dead across 10 states, the country’s main relief agency said on Tuesday. 

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Cybersecurity: How Terrorists Plan To Disrupt Nigeria 2019 Election – NITDA

The Director General of Nigeria's National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Dr. Isa Pantami has said the 2019 general elections may be disrupted if adequate information technology security measures were not put in place.

Israel Pledges To Assist Nigeria Tackle Cyber Crimes, Security

The Israeli government has pledged to assist Nigeria in tackling cyber crime and Homeland Security (HLS) using modern technology.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Abuja Earth Tremor: FEMA Speaks on ‘Possibility’ of Earthquake

The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency on Friday assured residents of the territory that there was no likelihood of earthquake within the territory and the country, after the earth tremors in Mpape and its environs on Thursday.