Thursday 30 June 2016

Beware! Scores of Malicious Apps on Google Play Store Can Root, Hack 90% of Android Devices

 It is no news that Google Play Store is swamped with malicious apps that could entice users’ into downloading them. What is news is that the number of malicious Apps in Google Play Store has increased tremendously. Researchers at Trend Micro recently detected a family of malicious Apps, dubbed 'Godless,' that has the capability of secretly rooting almost 90 percent of all Android phones.

President Buhari’s Body Guard Allegedly Linked To Boko Haram Arrested

Vanguard Newspaper reports that the presidency could not be reached to confirm the arrest of a Body Guard to President Mohammadu Buhari Coporal Hassan Aminu who is alleged to have a link with Boko Haram sect.

There are reports that Aminu had been taken into custody by security operatives for interrogation. Several calls and SMS sent to the presidential media Aide, Mr. Femi Adesina and Mallam Garba Shehu were not answered or replied even as at 8:35 pm. 

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Gunmen Kidnap Babcock University Student, Demand N5 Million Ransom

Armed men reportedly stormed a  hostel in Ilishan Remo area of Ogun State, South-West Nigeria on Sunday and abducted one Miss Justina Anochie, a student of nursing at Babcock University.

Wednesday 29 June 2016

Dissecting The Recurring Agitation For Balkanization of Nigeria (2)

This is the second tranche of this essay; an attempt to trace, reconcile the perennial agitation, quest for secession or Balkanization of Nigeria. Here’s a link to the first part. The part of this essay also chronicles the mixed bag of recent militant groups, more than a dozen at the last count.

Global Terrorism Database World-Check Reportedly Leaked Online

The Register reports that the terrorist database used by global banks and intelligence agencies World-Check has reportedly leaked online. 

Tuesday 28 June 2016

Proliferation of Militancy: Yet Another Militant Group Emerges In Nigeria, Talks Tough

A fresh militant group which goes by the moniker - Niger Delta Red Squad, NDRS, has emerged in Ohaji-Egbema axis of Imo State, South-East, Nigeria.

Lagos State Government Sets Up Task Force To Tackle Omo-onile Wahala

The Lagos State Government on Monday set up a Task Force to check the menace of land-grabbing in the State, just at it vowed to tackle the activities of land grabbers popularly called Omo-Onile with the full deployment of resources of government and applicable law once and for all.

Gunmen Kidnap Chief Accountant of A Medical Facility in Ondo State, South-West Nigeria

Armed men have kidnapped the Chief Accountant of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo in Ondo State, Mr. Kayode Asaju.

Monday 27 June 2016

United States Border Agency To Request Social Media - Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram Handles of Visa Applicants

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is set to collect links to social network accounts of people visiting the United States of America.

Beware! Upsurge In Human, Child Trafficking And Prostitution in Nigeria

Nigeria's National Orientation Agency (NOA) have alerted Nigerians especially those in rural areas, to an upsurge in child trafficking and prostitution involving Nigerians, urging citizens to beware of suspicious persons who approach them with the promise of giving their children better lease of life in the city.

Meet Nigeria Police Force Newly Appointed Spokesperson - Don Awunah

The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has appointed Don Awunah as the new Force Public Relations Officer to replace Olabisi Kolawole who was the Force Public Relations Officer from August 2015 to June, 2016.

Sunday 26 June 2016

Seven Expatriates Kidnapped In Calabar, Nigeria By 'Militants' Released

The seven expatriates ‎kidnapped by suspected militants along Idundu Bridge in Calabar, South-South Nigeria have been reportedly released by their abductors.

Saturday 25 June 2016

President Buhari Laments: "Militants Using High Technology to Bomb Oil Facilities"

President Muhammadu Buhari has lamented that Niger Delta militants were deploying high-tech  technology  to destroy oil installations.

Friday 24 June 2016

Again, Militants Attack Lagos Communities, 13 Feared Dead

Vanguard newspaper reports that gun totting men suspected to be militants invaded Igbolomu and Ishawo areas in Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Fresh Militant Group - Asawana Deadly Force Of Niger Delta Emerges, Demands Sovereign State 

A new militant group which goes by the name, the Asawana Deadly Force of Niger Delta, ADFND is the latest to emerge in the Niger Delta. The group is also threatening to cripple the oil industry across the nine Niger Delta states unless the Federal Government grants them, “Niger Delta Republic in the next couple of days.”

Thursday 23 June 2016

Nigerian Senate Set To Establish Grazing Reserves, Ranches Commission for Herdsmen

The much touted and controversial bill for the establishment of a National Grazing Reserves Agency for Fulani herdsmen, yesterday, reappeared before the Senate and scaled the first reading.

Military Launches “Operation Delta Safe” In The Niger Delta 

The Nigerian military has scrapped its joint military task force in the restive Niger Delta.
The task force, nicknamed Operation Pulo Shield, is to be replaced by “Operation Delta Safe”, the director of defense information, said in a statement.

Nigeria’s Breakup is Imminent, Says Oyebola

Former Editor of Daily Times Newspaper, Chief Areoye Oyebola, who is also the Board Chairman of Publications Limited spoke with Ibadan Bureau Chief, SAM OLUWALANA on the need to introduce capital punishment for corruption in Nigeria.

Wednesday 22 June 2016

Suspected Militants Kidnap 5 Expats, Kill One in Calabar, South-South Nigeria

At least five expatriates and two Nigerians were on Wednesday kidnapped at the Idundu axis of the Calabar-Oban road, south-south, Nigeria by suspected militants.

Nigeria Unveils Special Military Squad To Tackle Kidnapping In Kogi State

The Nigerian government says it will deploy a special military squad to Kogi State to tackle kidnapping and other related crimes that have bedeviled the state in recent times, a military official said on Tuesday.

Lagos Assembly Pass Bill To Establish Agency To Regulate Activities Of Vigilante Groups In Lagos, Neighborhood Watch Into Law

The Lagos State House of Assembly (LSHA) has passed a bill for a law to establish the State Neighborhood Safety Agency and for the control of Vigilante Corps activities in the state.

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Arase Bows Out, President Buhari Appoints AIG Ibrahim Idris Inspector General of Police

Premium Times newspaper reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Assistant Inspector-General of Police, AIG Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police.

Sunday 19 June 2016

Scores of Militants Overrun Ogun Community, South-West, Nigeria, Kill 15

Sunday Punch Newspaper reports that residents of Imushin community in the Ogijo area of Ogun State were thrown into mourning after sequel to the reported killing of about 15 residents on Friday evening by armed men supposed to be militants.

'Niger Delta Militants' Kidnap Naval Officer, Two Others In Lagos, Demand N7m Ransom

The Nation newspaper reports that gunmen claiming to be Niger Delta Militants Kidnapped three people last Monday along the Lagos/Ogun waterways.

Saturday 18 June 2016

GPI 2016 Ranking Says Syria Most Dangerous While Nigeria Is Ranked 15th Most Dangerous Country in The World

The Global Peace Index (GPI) has released a report on global ranking of countries according to its yardstick of measuring danger.

Human Trafficking: Nigerian Agency Rescues 164 Trafficked Victims in 5 Months in 5 States

Nigeria's National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP), Kano Zonal Command, said it had rescued no fewer than 164 victims of human trafficking in the zone in the past five months.

Thursday 16 June 2016

Security Alert! ISIS Set To Use Mobile App To Indoctrinate, Radicalize Nigerian Children

The Nigerian Federal Government has alerted Nigerians to the existence of a newly-launched mobile application developed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for propagating Jihad to children.
This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

Boko Haram Establishes Own FM Radio Station

Daily Trust newspaper reports that Boko Haram has established a radio FM station, according to a report monitored on the Hausa service of the Voice of America yesterday.

Monday 13 June 2016

Dissecting The Recurring Agitation For Balkanization of Nigeria (1)

Introduction: It is globally established that the primary responsibility of a sovereign state encompasses the protection, security or safety of lives and properties and creation of the right atmosphere where economic, social activities thrive. Decline or complete absence of such prerequisites by acts of commission or omission implies the sovereign state is inching towards a failed state. For clarity, a ‘’failed or failing state’’, refers to ‘’a political entity or nation in which the government is inept at living up to the basic tasks of a sovereign State, is on the verge of losing or has already lost political authority, control’’. Some of the unmistakable characteristics of a failing/failed sovereign state include very weak institutions, culture of impunity, gross human right abuses, absence of rule of law, unprecedented and entrenched corruption, incessant strife and instability, geometrical depreciation in security, safety of lives and properties, liberty and the standard of living.

Niger Avengers Avengers Clarifies Purported Dialogue, Threatens To Sink Vessels Conveying Crude Oil From Nigeria

The Niger Delta Avengers today Monday, June 13, 2016 released a statement inter alia clarifying it's position on purported dialogue with the Nigerian government and also threatening to sink vessels conveying crude oil from Nigeria.
Here's the unedited statement by the group.

Gunmen Abduct Six In Rivers, Judge Also Kidnapped In Kogi State, North-Central Nigeria

New Telegraph Newspaper reports that gunmen, suspected to be cultists, have abducted six persons in Edeoha community in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State, South-South Nigeria.

Sicilian Mafia At Crossroads As Nigerian Criminal Syndicates Pitch Tents in Sicily

United Kingdom Guardian Newspaper reports that an anxious and unholy alliance exists on the streets of Palermo between the traditional Sicilian mafia and Nigerian migrants encroaching on their illegal trades.

United Cyber Caliphate Release Kill List, Names of Over 8,000 People To Be Assassinated

On Monday, 6th June 2016, a group that goes by the moniker - the United Cyber Caliphate released a kill list that included the names, home addresses and email addresses of some 8,318 individuals. It called on its followers to “kill them strongly to take revenge for Muslims.” The group also released satellite images of United States Air bases around the world (the same images can be found on Google Earth).

Rivalry In The Camp of Niger Delta Militants Widens 

There an apparent crack in the camp of the Niger Delta militant groups bombing oil installations in the Niger Delta as one of the militant groups known as the Reformed Egbesu Boys of Niger Delta, unilaterally declared cessation of hostilities. 

Saturday 11 June 2016

Timeline of Niger Delta Avengers Blistering Attacks On Oil and Gas Facilities in Nigeria

The Niger Delta Avengers have carried out about sixteen attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta area. Recall that the militant group promised a while ago that it would reduce Nigeria's Crude oil output zero. They seem to be living up to their threat as militant attacks have cut Nigeria's oil production by more than half a million barrels per day. Some oil majors have declared force majuere as a result of this.
Below is a timeline of Niger Delta Avengers blistering attacks on Oil and gas Installations in the Niger Delta. The group have successfully carried out about 16 attacks between February 10 and June 9, 2016.

Friday 10 June 2016

Fresh Militant Group - Bakassi Strike Force Urge Niger Delta Avengers To Stop Bombings

Not to be outdone, a new crop of militant group which goes by the moniker Bakassi Strike Force has emerged from the Akwa Ibom - Cross River axis of the Niger Delta. The latest group condemned the bombing of oil and gas Installations by the Niger Delta Avengers.

Thursday 9 June 2016

Proliferation of Militancy Continue in the Niger Delta, Latest Group Demands 60% Oil Bloc, Issue Ultimatum

Punch Newspaper reports that a new militant group, Ultimate Warriors of Niger Delta (UWND), has emerged in the Niger Delta. The group threatens to continue attacking oil and gas facilities across the Niger Delta region unless the Nigerian government agrees to award 60 per cent oil blocs to the people of the region.

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Gunmen Kill Security Officer And 6 Students of Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi

Daily Post Newspaper reports that unknown gunmen suspected to be cultists today brutally killed seven people at the Federal University of Agriculture (FUAM) in Makurdi, Benue state.

Tuesday 7 June 2016

Press Release: United States Statement of Concern on Niger Delta Violence

June 7, 2016

The U.S. Mission to Nigeria is monitoring reports of attacks and other incidents in the Niger Delta.  We share the concerns of all Nigerians about these attacks. Furthermore, the United States remains supportive of efforts, including the promotion of dialogue, to address grievances in the Niger Delta.

Nigerian Navy Arrest Kingpins of Niger Delta Militants Behind Bombing of NNPC, Chevron’s Facilities

Arrested Kingpin
The Nigerian Navy have reportedly recorded a major feat in the ongoing military onslaught against Niger Delta militants and pipeline vandals, with the arrest of a militant kingpin who is best described as the coordinator of recent attacks on NNPC and Chevron oil facilities in the region.

Nigerian Government Inaugurates Panel To Negotiate With Niger Delta Avengers

The Nigerian Government on Monday night announced that it has set up a committee to negotiate with the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, that has been involved in the destruction of oil installations in the Niger Delta region.

Monday 6 June 2016

British Government Updates Travel Advice Across Nigeria

According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), about 117,000 British nationals visit Nigeria each year. Sequel to this, the FCO recently updated its travel advise across Nigeria. The latest information updated on June 2, 2016, is remains current as at 6 June, 2016.

Boko Haram: North East Nigeria Not Yet Conducive For Return of IDPs — Says UN Representative

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), says the North East Nigeria which witnessed some of the highest Boko Haram onslaught, is not yet conducive for the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

6 Ways To Protect Your Small Business From Rising Cybersecurity Threats

 In this age of technology, it’s common for businesses to want to carve out a niche for themselves in cyberspace. As businesses move online, cyber criminals follow and target them. A business is more vulnerable to malicious cyber-attacks that could serious consequences if it is still using outdated cybersecurity strategies. Cybersecurity is serious business and it is high time every serious minded business steps up its game, adopts cybersecurity best practices.

BREAKING! Niger Delta Militants Restates Vow To Attack Aso Rock, Others; Says It Has Traced Tompolo's Whereabout

In a statement on Monday, 06/06/2016, one of the militant groups in the Niger Delta known as the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force (JNDLF), on Monday reiterated its earlier decision to unleash six missiles on Nigeria. Recall that the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force release a statement last week threatening to unleash its missiles on some parts of the country on Tuesday 07/06/2016.  Now the JNDLF has released a list of targets advising those occupying such abodes to vacate them or face severe consequences.

Sunday 5 June 2016

Naval officer, 18 others killed as Rival Cult Groups Clash In Rivers State Community

Gunmen suspected to be members of a cult group on Saturday invaded and killed 19 persons in Aluu community in Ikwerre Local Government Area and Obite community in Etche Area Council, all in Rivers State.

Security Alert! Boko Haram Plans Large Scale Bombing During The Ramadan – Military warns

The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, on Saturday alerted Nigerians that members of the Boko Haram sect were planning a large-scale bombing during the Ramadan season.

Saturday 4 June 2016

Gunmen Kidnap Journalist, Her Daughter in Ogun State, South-West, Nigeria

The Nation newspaper reports that armed men have Kidnapped the Director of Information in Odogbolu Local Government Council of Ogun state, one Mrs Nofisat Oshin, and her daughter, Miss Afolabi Oshin.

Thursday 2 June 2016

Latest Militant Group – Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force Declares Support For Niger Delta Avengers, Issues Ultimatum

Daily Post reports that a fresh militant group, the newest kid on the block has emerged in Niger Delta. The new group goes by the moniker - the Joint Niger Delta Liberation Force, JNDLF, and is threatening to begin launching six missiles in the region on June 7 in an operation it said would surprise Nigerians and the entire world.

Is The Proliferation of State Vigilantes, Security Task Forces in Nigeria Not Tantamount To State Police Through The Backdoor?

Introduction: The unprecedented security challenges in Nigeria – Boko Haram insurgency (albeit retiring), marauding herdsmen attacks, militancy, wanton incidents of kidnap for ransom and extortion, amongst others, has birthed a blossoming vigilantism industry or state security task forces as some states call them to fill the void created by overwhelmed and ineffective central government-controlled conventional security agencies. There’s a perennial debate in Nigeria whether or not to permit state control of police or ‘State Police’. For the sake of clarity, regional or State police is hereby defined as a kind of decentralized police service under the direct control of a regional or State government rather than under the direct control of the federal government as dictated by Section 214 of the Nigerian 1999 constitution. This essay argues that the trend in State Vigilante outfits portend we already have a semblance of ‘State Police’.