We’ll Repeat Same Action We Took At Lekki Toll Gate Anywhere In Nigeria If Such Situation Arises Again –Army  5/5 (1)

The Nigerian Army has said that it will repeat the same action it took at the Lekki Toll Gate anywhere in the country if such a situation arises again.

Ibrahim Taiwo, Commander of 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, disclosed this on Saturday while testifying before the judicial panel the Lagos State Government set up to probe the incident.

On the night of 20 October 2020, at about 6:50pm, operatives of the Nigerian Army opened fire on peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the toll gate, killing an unconfirmed number of people.

Lagos State Crisis, October 2020

Despite evidence of people being killed and injured at the Lekki incident, the army had maintained that blank bullets were used on protesters.

While being cross-examined by Olumide Fusika, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Taiwo said given the same circumstance, the army would act in a similar way to that of October 20, 2020.

He insisted that there was no shooting of live ammunition at protesters.

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Rescue Of American Hostage In Nigeria, Warning To Terrorists, US President, Donald Trump, Says  4/5 (1)

Donald Trump, President of the United States, has described the rescue of an American citizen on Nigerian soil as a warning to terrorists and criminals, who believe that they can kidnap Americans with impunity.

Philip Walton was abducted by suspected bandits on October 26 in the Niger Republic.

Rescue Of American Hostage In Nigeria, Warning To Terrorists, US President, Donald Trump, Says

He was, however, rescued in an operation on Nigerian soil by the elite SEAL Team Six, who killed all but one of the captors.

In a statement released through the office of the Press Secretary, Trump said Walton had since been reunited with his family.

He said, “Last night, at my direction, the United States military conducted a successful operation to rescue an American hostage in Nigeria, kidnapped just 96 hours earlier. The United States Special Forces executed a daring night-time operation to rescue their fellow Americans with exceptional skill, precision, and bravery.

“No United States Service members were harmed.

“The former hostage is currently in good health and has been reunited with his family.

“Securing the freedom of Americans held in captivity abroad has been a top national security priority of my administration. Since the beginning of my administration, we have rescued over 55 hostages and detainees in more than 24 countries.

“Today’s operation should serve as a stark warning to terrorists and criminal thugs who mistakenly believe they can kidnap Americans with impunity.”

 

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FBI Says Iran and Russia Have US Voter Information  4/5 (1)

US national security officials have reported Iran was responsible for sending threatening emails to Democratic voters. The emails appeared to come from a far-right pro-Trump group and were meant to “incite unrest”, National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe said.

Ratcliffe also said US officials found Iran and Russia have obtained “some voter registration information”. The announcement comes 13 days before the presidential election.

The unusual intelligence briefing this close to the vote is seen as a testament to the government’s concerns over voting interference and disinformation campaigns from foreign actors.

Ratcliffe said Iran’s “spoof emails” claimed to be sent by the Proud Boys in order to “intimidate voters, incite unrest and damage” President Donald Trump.

He added that the voter data could be used in attempts to “communicate false information to registered voters that they hope will sow confusion chaos and undermine your confidence in American democracy”.

Ratcliffe said officials “have not seen the same actions from Russia”, but are aware they have some voter information.

In many states, voter data is available upon request, though each state has different requirements on who can request voter information, what data is available and how this data might be used, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

“If you receive an intimidating or manipulative email in your inbox, don’t be alarmed and do not spread it,” Mr. Ratcliffe said, calling the actions to influence US voters “desperate attempts by desperate adversaries”.

The announcement inevitably has shades of the 2016 Russian interference in the US election. In that election, thousands of fake bots were created on social media pretending to be American voters. Democrat computer systems were also hacked.

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Attack on Ikoyi Correctional Centre in Lagos Foiled  3/5 (1)

Calm has returned to Awolowo Road and the Falomo axis of Ikoyi following gunfire in the vicinity of the Ikoyi Correctional Centre on Ribadu Road.

Smoke was also seen billowing from the building at about midday Thursday but security forces have brought the situation under control.

There was the reason for concern following the mayhem and carnage that the #EndSARS protests have degenerated to, after being hijacked by hoodlums. Large parts of Lagos have suffered from arson, including both public and private property.

Police stations and bus parks have all suffered from arsonists. Other public properties have been destroyed, including tollgates at Lekki as well as the Ports Authority building in the central business district of Marina.

Banks and shopping malls across the city have also been attacked and looted as security forces struggle to contain the breakdown in law and order. The Oba of Lagos’ palace, a TV station, and a newspaper house have also been torched.

There was a jailbreak in Benin, Edo State, earlier in the week while there are developing reports of a similar occurrence in Warri, Delta State.

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Again, Bandits Kill 20 Persons In Zamfara  3/5 (1)

At least 20 persons have been killed by armed bandits, who raided Tungar Kwana Village of Talata-Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Tuesday night. Residents of the village said the armed men numbering over 200 invaded the community around 11pm and began to shoot people indiscriminately.

Many houses were also burnt during the attack that lasted for several hours.

“We recovered about 20 bodies after the attack and many more residents have not been accounted for.

“They came around 11pm and opened fire on the village, shooting anyone on sight and burning houses.

“They took away many cows, sheep, and goats as well as foodstuffs,” a source told GoldamBlog.

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the incident.

He said the bandits attacked the community because the villagers gave useful information to security agents, which led to the killing of several bandits last week.

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Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters By Nigerian Soldiers Must Be Investigated –Amnesty International  3/5 (1)

Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization with its headquarters in the United Kingdom focused on human rights. The organization says it has more than eight million members and supporters around the world.

An on-the-ground investigation by Amnesty International has confirmed that the Nigerian Army and police killed at least 12 peaceful protesters on Tuesday at two locations in Lagos.

Osai Ojigho, Country Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, in a statement on Wednesday, said the killings took place in Lekki and Alausa where thousands were protesting police brutality as part of the #EndSARS movement.

Ojigho said evidence gathered from eyewitnesses, video footage and hospital reports confirmed that between 6:45pm and 9:00pm on Tuesday 20 October, the Nigerian military opened fire on thousands of people who were peacefully calling for good governance and an end to police brutality.

Ojigho said, “Witnesses at the Lekki protest grounds told Amnesty International that soldiers arrived at about 6:45pm local time on Tuesday evening, and opened fire on #EndSARS protesters without warning.

“Eyewitnesses at Alausa protest ground said they were attacked by a team of soldiers and policemen from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) Unit at about 8:00 pm, leaving at least two people dead and one critically injured.

“Opening fire on peaceful protesters is a blatant violation of people’s rights to life, dignity, freedom of expression, and peaceful assembly. Soldiers clearly had one intention – to kill without consequences.

“Amnesty International received reports that shortly before the shootings, CCTV cameras at the Lekki toll gate, where #EndSARS protesters had been camped for two weeks, were removed by government officials and the electricity was cut – a clear attempt to hide evidence. As in previous cases documented by Amnesty International, some of those killed and injured at both grounds were allegedly taken away by the military.

“These shootings clearly amount to extrajudicial executions. There must be an immediate investigation and suspected perpetrators must be held accountable through fair trials.

“Authorities must ensure access to justice and effective remedies for the victims and their families.”

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Angry Youth Take Over Tinubu’s House In Lagos  3/5 (1)

Angry Nigerians have besieged the residence of a former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, with an attempt to break into the building. The house is located on Bourdillon Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.

BOLA AHMED TINUBU
BOLA AHMED TINUBU

There has been a general breakdown of law and order in Lagos following the killing of scores of peaceful protesters on Tuesday by security operatives in the Lekki area of the city.

Many persons believe that Tinubu has a hand in the deployment of soldiers to attack and kill young Nigerians demanding an end to police brutality and extrajudicial killings in the country.

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Data Breaches Becoming More CommonNo ratings yet.

Another day, another data breach. South African businesses are becoming more susceptible to cyberattacks and seem to be easy targets for criminals. Data breaches are now a common phenomenon with Nedbank, Momentum, Lombard Insurance, Experian and Stefanutti Stocks making headline news.

Who is the next victim to be made public? The truth is, this is not new, there has been an ongoing spike in cyberattacks that continues grow from year to year, it is only recently that businesses are being exposed in the media.

These publicly known breaches are only the tip of the iceberg. Cyber criminals are successfully infiltrating and taking down systems on a daily basis. Until businesses take proper action, one can expect a continued increase of successful attacks.

Many small business assume they are too small to be attacked, but the truth is – businesses of all sizes are targets. A cyberattack on an SME will often have a devastating effect and possibly mean the end for them. More and more SME’s are targeted because they are often easier to access because little or no attention is given to cyber security.

Gartner predicts by 2024, personal liability will fall directly onto many CEOs for failing to protect systems from cyber incidents. It believes that CEOs will no longer be able to plead ignorance or retreat behind insurance policies. The financial impact of cyber-physical security (CPS) attacks resulting in casualties to human life is predicted to reach over $50 billion by 2023.

Furthermore, poor advice and lack of understanding means that a small business will have a false sense of security with only the free anti-virus software between them and a cyberattack. Many SME’s do business with larger business and this is another reason that the SME is a very valuable target for cybercriminals.

Account takeover is rife and the use of weak or reuse of passwords is a contributing factor. Once an attacker has the credentials, all they need to do is wait. They set rules, forward emails and add themselves to management groups – waiting for the right piece of information to target their victims.

We recently discovered in a pool of over 400 mailbox rules on Microsoft 365, there were 4 malicious rules configured that scrape for financial information and then forward the information out to a Gmail account. These rules were in place for some time at this company and they were unaware. The rules were set using known user credentials and it was never checked.

Visibility of real and available sources of information provide visibility to combat the growth in cybercrime. We recommend that you get visibility across data, machines, applications and people to understand what is really happening across your environment.

Focusing on the network is simply not sufficient, this is evident with the spate of breaches in the news each day. Businesses must push towards a user-centric approach to security. The users are the ones accessing information and these are the places that the attacker will target. Your network is where your user is. Increased visibility is critical with the remote workforce and changing office landscapes.

It’s a myth that cybersecurity is unaffordable – this misconception is driven by fear – the fact that some businesses are taking advantage of the lack of knowledge and fear to overcharge their customers. We prefer to remove the ‘fluff’ and get things done.

There is no value is deploying tech for the sake of tech and then not doing the basics. Covering the basics of cyber resilience will ensure that you can properly maintain, monitor and prevent cyberattacks. Using a combination of proven tools and services, cybersecurity is achievable whether you are a listed multi-national or a family run business that runs from the dining room.

Finally, partner with a reliable service provider to ensure increased visibility and report to stakeholders. Bolster your cyber defences by running a simple, comprehensive and effective cyber resilience program.

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Policeman Saves Woman From Mob Attack In AbujaNo ratings yet.

A senior police officer, M.A Kaura, on Friday in Abuja rescued a woman from being attacked by an angry mob along Airport Road.

The woman was said to have insulted protesters when she told them that the demonstration was unnecessary and a waste of time.

The statement infuriated participants in the protest, who chased her in an attempt to beat her up.

It took the intervention of the policeman, who was at the scene of the incident, to save the woman. The protesters, who had occupied and blocked the highway since morning, vowed to pass the night on the road.

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How Assistant Superintendent Of Police Assaulted Daily Trust Columnist, Gimba Kakanda  5/5 (1)

A Daily Trust columnist, Gimba Kakanda, was assaulted by police for protesting on Sunday in Abuja.

Kakanda, whose column, Beyond the Surface, appears in the Sunday edition of Daily Trust, told the newspaper that the attack was “traumatising” and a “close shave with death in the hands of the police”.

The protest has been on for days with citizens demanding the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, which has come under criticism for human rights abuses, extortion, intimidation, harassment and killings.

Police had teargassed and used water cannon on a crowd of protesters marching from Unity Fountain toward the Force Headquarters on Sunday morning.

Minutes after the crowd was dispersed, Kakanda got a lift to return to the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to retrieve their cars.

“When we reached the first barricade and explained ourselves, they let us in. We didn’t know it was a ploy,” Kakanda told Daily Trust.

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WE HAVE NO LEADERS

As the men reached for their vehicles, armed policemen accosted them with a barrage of questions.

“I tried to explain myself. At that time, I was on the phone with a friend who is a police officer himself. I was attempting to hand over my phone to the man talking to us when someone hit me hard with a stick from behind. They grabbed the phone and smashed it on the road.

“There were a number of vehicles there aside ours. But these policemen went on rampage immediately by using knives to tear as many tyres as they could. They destroyed three of my own. I was using my hands to protect my face and head and that was how they caused serious injuries on my hands.

“They dehumanised us as much as they could and kept boasting that they could have killed us and erased every trace of our existence.”

Kakanda identified the officer, who assaulted him as Mala B. Shehu, a one-star Assistant Superintendent of Police.

“The officer, an ASP, with the name tag “MB Shehu” was very hostile and was direct in his threats. He told us that we were lucky it was daytime that had it been it was at night they would have killed us.

“’I’ll waste you right now and nobody can do anything to me’,” Kakanda quoted the police officer saying.

He said the police officer ordered his subordinates to take the two activists into the headquarters for more beating before handing them over to SARS.

“He asked us why we didn’t go to protest at the SARS offices instead; when Ibrahim tried to explain that the Force headquarters was the right place for such action, they started slapping him again,” he added.

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