FREE INTERNET ACCESS FOR NIGERIANS COMING – FG

Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications, has said that the federal government will ensure free access to the internet in public places across Nigeria. Mr Shittu said this in Abuja at a one-day stakeholders workshop on the role of the Public Internet Access for Economic Development. “We are trying to ensure the vision of free Wi-Fi all over, particularly in public spaces, at the airport, schools and all that,” Mr. Shittu said on Tuesday. Mr. Shittu said the government had been trying to ensure that internet accessibility is made available not…

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UNBELIEVABLE: SEE HOW MANY GOVT AGENCIES IN NIGERIA ARE IT COMPLIANT

Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has criticised government institutions for underutilising enterprise technology saying only 4.7 per cent of federal institutions use IT “in somewhat effective manner”. In contrast, over 66 per cent of such institutions are at what the agency called “emerging stage” of IT utilisation, maintaining only websites “offering basic information online”. The agency, which is responsible for formulating and supervising government’s IT policies, bemoans the low compliance with modern technology by government ministries and agencies. NITDA’s director general, Isa Pantami, however said with the presentation…

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SEE HOW INTERNET FRAUDSTERS STOLE 263 BIL NAIRA IN SIX YEARS

n Two suspects, Adedayo Ojo and Folusho Oguntoyinbo during their arraignment by the EFCC at a Lagos High Court for alleged internet fraud recently Photo: EFCC From year 2000 to 2016, at least N216bn has been lost to fraudsters through Nigerian banks with the use of various payment platforms, mostly electronic based. This figure was derived from data  analysis by Easy Solutions Ltd and the Central Bank of Nigeria. A security assessment of Nigerian bank websites in 2014 carried out by Easy Solutions Ltd, a global e-fraud protection firm, indicated…

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BANKS LOST 2.2 BIL TO ELECTRONIC FRAUD IN 2016

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said the Nigeria InterBank Settlement System (NIBSS) recorded over 1,200 per cent increase in  reported fraud cases in 2016, estimated at N2.19 billion when compared to 2014 cases. According to ‘Dipo Fatokun, CBN’s Director, Banking and Payments System Department and Chairman, Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF), in a latest report, the industry processed transactions in 2016 that amounted to 278,744,529, while the value was over N64 trillion. While there was an increase of 71 per cent in volume of transactions, there was also…

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NIGERIAN GANG OF FRAUDSTERS STEAL 10MIL POUNDS THROUGH IDENTITY THEFT, SEE PIX

Gang of Nigerian fraudsters face jail for using the identities of MPs, judges and police officers to con the taxpayer out of more than £10m Scammers used stolen personal details from Civil Service Sports Council Gang stole £2,500,000 before staff at HMRC spotted abnormal claims Adedamola Oyebode and Oluwatobe Emmanuel Odeyemi ran scheme Pair worked with Oluwagbenga Stephen Odeyemi and Kayode Sanni A gang of Nigerian fraudsters are facing jail for for using the identities of MPs, judges and police officers during a £10million scam. The crew stole personal details…

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US BASED NIGERIAN PLEADS GUILTY TO INTERNET SCAM, FACES 45 YRS JAIL TERM

A Nigerian man on Tuesday pleaded guilty to taking part in email scams attempting to defraud thousands of victims around the world out of millions of dollars, U.S. prosecutors said. David Chukwuneke Adindu, 29, entered his plea to two conspiracy counts before U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty in Manhattan, according to an announcement from Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim in Manhattan. Prosecutors said Adindu took part in scams in which emails were sent impersonating executives or vendors of companies, directing employees of those companies to make large wire transfers. Such…

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SCANDAL ROCKS NBC AS NIGERIA MISSES DIGITAL SWITCH-OVER AGAIN

By GODWIN APEH Very reliable sources within the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) have confirmed the alleged payment of N2.5b to Pinnacle Communications Limited owned by Mr. Lucky Omoluwa, who is one of the three licensed signal distributors. The payment which was done two weeks ago has been kept secret, and apparently was done without proper due process, and only with the alleged approval of the Hon Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who apparently according to financial rules has no authority to approve payments exceeding 50m. Whilst the digital television…

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AJIMOBI TO INSTALL CCTV CAMERAS IN OYO STATE

THE Oyo State government will install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in strategic locations across the state, Governor Abiola Ajimobi said yesterday. The move, the governor said, would place Oyo among the league of states and communities under the “safe city project”. Ajimobi spoke in Ibadan, the state capital, when he hosted the United States (U.S) Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington. Addressing the ambassador and his entourage, Ajimobi said the state, hitherto known for violence and brigandage, changed its course when his administration came in in 2011. He pledged…

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OVER 3BIL DOLLARS LOST TO NIGERIAN HACKERS AND CYBER-CRIMINALS OPERATING ALL OVER THE WORLD SAYS FBI

Nigerian hackers and cyber criminals are being accused of masterminding a grand theft of information and money running into billions of dollars, worldwide. According to experts, the Nigerians are able to carry out the heist by sending phishing emails to commercial organizations and industrial enterprises, which they later steal dry. The FBI estimates that these phishing attacks have cost companies over $3 billion. The number of affected companies exceeds 22,143. Kaspersky Labs, an internet security company said it has found over 500 companies that are under attack in at least…

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MORE TROUBLE FOR MTN, DRAGGED TO COURT BY FG OVER ILLEGAL MAST INSTALLATION

A Federal High Court sitting in Minna, Niger State, is currently hearing a case of illegal installation of mast instituted by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation against telecom giant MTN Nigeria. The case was sequel to a petition by one Mohammed Nasir Usman of No.1 Ibrahim Kariya Avenue, Suleja alleging noise pollution from the mast installed by the MTN in the area. The petitioner averred in the complaint to the state field office of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) alleging that the erection…

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