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Insecurity in Nigeria is reducing – Ali Ndume

 

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, on Friday insisted that insecurity in the country is reducing with the hope that it will completely be eliminated.

 

Ndume, representing Borno South constituency said this while fielding questions from newsmen after the turbaning of the All Progressives Congress national chairmanship aspirant, Malam Saliu Mustapha, as the new Turaki of Ilorin, today.

 

He said, “Insecurity is going down, it’s not eliminated. Normally, this kind of a thing is not something that you will just say it is all over.”

 

Ndume said that the federal government of Nigeria is doing well and doing its best to tackle the challenge of insecurity.

 

Speaking after his turbaning, Mustapha said that he was delighted to be recognised and the honour would spur him to contribute more to his community.

 

Mustapha thanked members of the Ilorin Emirate and the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, for the honour.

 

NAN reports that Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State, his deputy, Mr Kayode Alabi and Deputy Gov, Edward Onoja of Kogi, were among the dignitaries that attended the event with a horse ride and cultural display.

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NCC alerts Nigerians on Flubot malware, lists measures to guard against attack

 

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has alerted millions of Nigerian telecom consumers of the existence of new, high-risk and extremely-damaging, Malware called Flubot.

 

The NCC also listed measures to guard against attack from Flubot.

 

Malware is a generic word used to describe a virus or software, designed specially to “disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system.”

 

NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

 

According to Adinde, information received from the Nigeria Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT), revealed that Flubot “targets Androids with fake security updates and App installations”.

 

He said that ngCERT also affirmed that Flubot “impersonates Android mobile banking applications to draw fake web views on targeted applications,” and its goal transcends stealing personal data and essentially targets stealing of credit card details or online banking credentials.

 

FluBot is circulated through Short Message Service (SMS) and can snoop “on incoming notifications, initiate calls, read or write SMSes, and transmit the victim’s contact list to its control centre.”

 

This malware attacks Android devices by pretending to be FedEx, DHL, Correos, and Chrome applications” and compels unsuspecting users to alter the accessibility configurations on their devices in order to maintain continuous presence on devices.

 

The new malware undermines the security of devices by copying fake login screens of prominent banks, and the moment the users enter their login details on the fake pages, their data is harvested and transmitted to the malware operators’ control point from where the data is exploited by intercepting banking-related One Time Passwords (OTPs) and replacing the default SMS app on the targeted Android device.

 

Consequently, it secures admittance into the device through SMS and proceeds to transmit similar messages to other contacts that may be on the device it has attacked, enticing them into downloading the fake app.

 

NCC said that “it suffices to say that, when Flubot infects a device, it can result in incalculable financial losses. Additionally, the malware creates a backdoor which grants access to the user’s device, thus enabling the invader or attacker to perform other criminal actions, including launching other variants of malware.

 

“In view of this discovery and understanding of the process by which this malware operates, and in order to protect millions of telecom consumers and prevent criminal forces, irrespective of location, from using telecom platforms to perpetrate fraud and irredeemable damages, the NCC hereby wishes to reiterate the advisory of ngCERT as follows:

 

“1. Do not click on the link if you receive a suspicious text message, and do not install any app or security update the page asks you to install.

2. Use updated antivirus software that detects and prevents malware infections

 

,”3. Apply critical patches to the system and application.

 

“4. Use strong passwords and enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) over logins

 

“5. Back-up your data regularly.

6. If you have been affected by this campaign, you should reset your device to factory mode as soon as possible. This will delete any data on your phone, including personal data.

 

“7. Do not restore from backups created after installing the app. You may contact ngCERT on *incident@cert.gov.ng* for technical assistance.

 

“8. You will also need to change the passwords to all of your online accounts, with urgency, around your online bank accounts.

 

“9. If you have concerns that your accounts may have been accessed by unauthorized people, contact your bank immediately.”

 

As the Commission intensifies efforts in ensuring increased broadband access, enabling telecoms consumers to carry out their legitimate activities more efficiently and effectively online, it also restates its commitment to empowering consumers through useful information and education to protect them from falling victims of all kinds of cyber-attack while online. “This explains the rationale for the launch of the telecom sector’s Centre for Computer Security Incident Response by NCC on 30th September, 2021.”

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Alleged bullying: Mercy Johnson denies storming daughter’s school with thugs

 

Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson-Okojie has debunked rumours that she stormed her daughter’s school with thugs on Thursday.

 

The actress earlier on Friday revealed that a certain teacher in her daughter’s school was bullying her just because her mother was a celebrity.

 

“A teacher at my child’s school has been bullying my daughter constantly for two whole weeks. She tells her to her face that she does not like her mother, tells her that celebrity kids are badly behaved,” she wrote on her Instagram page.

 

She also added that on Thursday, in an altercation involving her daughter, Purity, and another student, the said teacher picked only her child for punishment.

 

According to her, she had to meet with the teacher after hearing her daughter’s account. While she tried to be polite with the teacher, the latter rudely replied and told her she could punish the student anytime she likes.

 

The mother of four also said she reported to the deputy Head Teacher in the absence of the Head Teacher and was waiting for response.

 

However, a certain Instagram user, @thenancychidera, who claimed to be an eye witness of Thursday’s incident, accused Mercy Johnson of harassing the school’s Head Teacher with thugs after her daughter was corrected for fighting another child during school hours.

 

On her Instagram stories, @thenancychidera, also alleged that during the “squabble”, Johnson-Okojie, “called her husband who in turn came to school with three hefty men to beat up the Head Teacher for supposedly disturbing his wife and child.”

 

In response to the allegations, the actress went live on Instagram while on a visit to the school. In the live video, Mercy speaking with the Head Teacher asked if they met on Thursday. The Head Teacher replied in the negative.

 

Turning the camera to a school official who she claimed was a witness to the incident, she asked “Did I come with thugs to this school? Did I fight anybody in this school? Did I meet the Head Mistress yesterday?”

 

The school official answered “no” to all her questions, and affirmed that the Head Teacher was not on seat when the actress visited the school on Thursday.

 

“Are you people hearing that?” She said turning back to the camera. “Somebody went online and said I came with thugs and they beat up the Head Teacher, because we have money. That’s the hate. You don’t know the truth, you won’t keep quiet, and then you start to lie.”

 

Johnson also added that the said Teacher had been rude to her before the Thursday incident but she had decided to ignore it.

 

“Guys I’m sorry I have to go off now, I just wanted my team to understand the truth, the true nature of what happened, that has been cleared. I’m here with with the Teacher trying to sort out my issue,” she tearfully said before ending the video.

 

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NBA vows to protect Nigerians as 10,000 lawyers attend annual conference

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) President, Olumide Akpata says the body will continue to protect the interest of all citizens.

Akpata made the pledge as the 61st NBA Annual General Conference (AGC) opened in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

The one-week event – October 22 to 29 – is happening at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium. The theme is “Taking the Lead”.

Akpata announced that more than 10,000 legal practitioners registered to attend in person and virtually.

On government actions and policies, the NBA chief disclosed that the strategy is to further walk the talk.

“What we are doing now is more action, not TV, Radio and social media all the time. We have been commenting on issues since we came in but there is a need to do more than speak.

“The NBA issued a statement on the End SARS anniversary. We visited the Inspector General of Police (Usman Baba) to discuss areas that can be improved. We offered to train police officers in the Administration of Criminal Justice.

“The NBA sued the federal government on Twitter ban; we went to court to challenge the tenure extension for the former IGP (Mohammed Adamu); we sued the police over the sack of the pregnant officer in Ekiti.

“The NBA is decentralized for more engagement, it’s not all about the national leadership. We have sections on Public Interest and Development Law (SPIDEL), Business Law (SBL) and Legal Practice (SLP).

“We have more than 10 Fora; we have 125 branches across the country. These units are also at liberty to speak on issues affecting Nigerians. We will definitely continue to step into the space”, he promised.

Akpata assured that plans had been put in place for a seamless event, adding that about 300 lawyers volunteered to assist with logistics.

“There are adequate facilities at the venue and many pick-up points for materials. Lawyers with disabilities won’t face difficulties because we took them into consideration”, said the Templars senior partner.

Akin Ajibola, Chairman, Technical Committee on Conference Planning, confirmed that a virtual platform had been deployed for the broadcast of the convention in real-time.

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US charges South Africa-based Nigerian cultists with fraud, money laundering

The United States has charged eight Nigerians living in South Africa for wire fraud and money laundering.

Acting U.S. Attorney, Rachael A. Honig announced the indictment for the District of New Jersey.

The suspects include seven leaders of the Cape Town Zone of the Neo-Black Movement of Africa (Black Axe) and an eighth man who conspired with the cult leaders.

They were charged with multiple federal crimes relating to internet scams they perpetrated from South Africa.

In custody are Perry Osagiede – 52; Enorense Izevbigie – 45; Franklyn Edosa Osagiede – 37; Osariemen Eric Clement – 35; Collins Owhofasa Otughwor – 37; Musa Mudashiru – 33; Toritseju Gabriel Otubu – 41.

Toritseju is charged with a separate indictment of wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering conspiracy from 2016 to 2021.

Investigators found that all the defendants perpetrated financial crimes from 2011 to 2021. One remains at large.

Perry Osagiede, Franklyn Osagiede, Clement, and Izevbigie are charged with wire fraud. Perry, Franklyn are also charged with aggravated identity theft alongside Otughwor.

The U.S. noted that the Black Axe, an organization headquartered in Benin, the Edo capital, operates in various countries.

The defendants were leaders of Black Axe units in Cape Town. Perry Osagiede founded the zone and worked as zonal head along with Izevbigie.

Honig lamented that Americans are often victimized by criminal organizations abroad who use the internet to deceive and defraud.

The official advised individuals and organizations to be on guard against scammers and unscrupulous schemes.

“Anyone thinking of engaging in this kind of criminal conduct should understand that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our partners will find them and bring them to justice, no matter where they are”, Honig said.

U.S. Secret Service Office of Investigations Assistant Director, Jeremy Sheridan stressed that transnational organized criminal networks continue to victimize Americans and threaten the country’s financial infrastructure.

Sheridan said the Secret Service and partner agencies work tirelessly to dismantle the groups and arrest those who lead them.

“We are proud to be a part of the international law enforcement mission to combat all forms of financial crimes and thank all those involved in this investigation”, the Director added.

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Supreme Court drops SAN designate 24 hours after endorsement

 

The Supreme Court of Nigeria has dropped a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, designate, Nworka Chidi Benjamin 24 hours after his elevation to the rank was discovered to have been done in error.

 

The apex court through The Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) said on Friday that the list of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) appointees released on Thursday, October 21 contained an error.

 

The LPPC Secretary and acting Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Hajia Hajjo Sarki Bello, in a statement, said a name on the list was not properly identified.

 

Bello said while the actual appointee is “Osaka, Benjamin Nwora esq”, he was wrongly identified in the list of Thursday as “Nworka Chidi Benjamin esq,” and listed as number 43 on the list.

 

Part of the statement reads: “In the press release issued by this office yesterday, 21st October 2021 announcing the list of successful applicants for the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Nworka, Chidi Benjamin, Esq, listed as No 43 was mistakenly included in the list of advocate appointees.

 

“The actual successful applicant that ought to be in the said list is Osaka, Benjamin Nwora, Esq.

 

“The mix-up is highly regretted and we apologise to all persons affected by it,” it said.

 

The LPPC said it has since come up with a revised list in which the appointees are now listed in order of seniority, with Osaka Benjamin Nwora now listed as number 21.

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Leaked tape: How celebrities were a disservice to Tiwa Savage —Actress Georgina Onuoha

 

Ever since the intimate video of Tiwa Savage and her lover surfaced on the internet days ago, there have been various speculations and opinions about the incident, especially online.

 

Shortly after the sex tape leaked, Nigerian celebrities, in a move to support the sonorous singer in her dark times, posted messages on their social media pages with hashtags like ‘A Queen I stan’, ‘I stand with Tiwa’.

 

They did this despite the fact that the Koroba singer urged her fans to disregard the sex tape during her interview with American OAP Angie Martinez of 105.1, where she revealed that she was being blackmailed with a sex tape.

 

The recent news flying around claims that the leaked sex tape has cost the singer about four endorsement deals. Although the reports are unconfirmed, popular Nigerian actress, Georgina has shared her two cents about the issue via her verified Instagram page.

 

According to Onuoha, after the sex tape leaked, Nigerian celebrities did a disservice to Tiwa Savage with their comments on social media.

 

Her statement read in part, “Sad if this is true. Personally, as Georgina, I pray Tiwa pulls through this. She is immensely talented and gifted. She has the world stage on her laps. She did not commit a crime; she is the victim but damn my colleagues did her a disservice with their ‘A Queen I stand’ rhetoric.

 

“We all should learn to weigh issues critically before our support becomes an indictment of the person we are trying to support. She took the initial step of going public about her being blackmailed, which was proactive and smart of her. My ill-informed colleagues did her a disservice.

 

 “The narrative should have been, ‘Say No to Blackmailers’ who breached her privacy. Instead, their ignorance came off as celebratory of her mistakes. They did Tiwa bad. I’m still praying for her to get us a Grammy soon. She will rise from this.”

 

Citing the case of American reality TV star and beauty cosmetic mogul, Kim Kardashian, who also had a leaked sex tape with singer Ray Jay, which was released on February 2007, Onuoha advised Tiwa Savage to apologise to the public and move on with her life.

 

“According to PR EXPERT Lauretta, sometimes, not all publicity is good publicity. Kim Kardashian went on an apology tour on every TV and significant talk show in America and issued public apologies to save her brand 15 years ago. Tiwa is no longer a Nigerian brand; she is a global brand.

 

“I hope she pulls through this, learns her lessons, apologises for this mistake. If I were on her PR team, I would suggest a public apology. Most of you will say it’s not needed, as her bla bla bla did not leak the tape. Still, if you understand PR, you will appreciate that an apology is necessary to her family-oriented fans; she apologies for letting such happen to even get to the media whilst also playing the victim because she is still the victim and then move on.

 

“Do you know that with all the popularity Kim K has, that some brands will never use her as their ambassador? You might say she doesn’t need it but trust me, her team wishes those brands will contact her.

 

“Yes, we all make mistakes, but for every action, there are some consequences. (My favourite line to my children). I am paying for some mistakes I made in the past (not sex tapes lol) but I learnt from them, apologised where necessary and faced the consequences and moved on,” she said.

 

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#EndSARSMemorial: Lagos govt suspends LNSC officers for brutalizing Uber driver

Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency (LNSA) has sanctioned two officers involved in the unlawful treatment of Uber driver, Adedotun Clement, during the End SARS protest.

It was reported how Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC) personnel and police officers brutalized Clement on Wednesday despite identifying himself.

The operatives and supervising officers went through an orderly room trial after they were charged with disreputable conduct

Their action was contempt of the rules contained in the LNSA Handbook Articles E (ii) & (iii), O (iv) and N (x).

The two officers directly involved in the assault were de-kitted and suspended for 2 months.

They will be redeployed to another command of the agency for behavioural evaluation and further reprimand.

Their Commanding Superintendents and the Divisional Commander were suspended for one month; the deputies are to take charge until further notice.

LSNA General Manager, Ifalade Oyekan apologized to Clement and restated the Lagos government’s commitment to secure lives and properties.IYou 

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Borno to close all IDP camps in Maiduguri by December 31

 

The Borno government says it will close all camps for internally displaced persons (IDP) located within Maiduguri, the state capital, by December 31.

 

Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno, said this on Friday while addressing state house correspondents at the end of a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.

 

He said the decision to close the camps in Maiduguri was informed by the recent improvement in the security situation in the state.

 

According to him, the state government decided to close the camps to enable displaced persons to return to their ancestral homes.

“I came to brief the president on efforts made by Borno state government in ensuring the return of internally displaced persons to their homes,” he said.

 

“So far so good, Borno state government has started well and arrangements have been concluded to ensure the closure of all internally displaced persons’ camps that are inside Maiduguri on or before December 31.”

 

According to the governor, the state is collaborating with the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs on arrangements for the safe return of displaced persons currently in Niger and Cameroon.

“In addition to that, Borno state government is also making efforts, in collaboration with the ministry, to continue with the repatriation of Nigerians in Minawo camp in Cameroon,” he said.

 

“Furthermore, on November 27, the Borno state government will ensure the resettlement of IDPs that are living in Diffa province of Niger to Malumfatari, a local government area in Borno, where we don’t have human population because of the insurgency.”

 

Zulum also commended security agencies for their support and efforts in the restoration of peace to troubled LGAs of the state.

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I killed two persons, rustled several cows – 14-year-old bandit confesses

 

The Katsina State Police has arrested a 14-year-old boy from Tsamben Dankulumbo village of Jibiya Local Government Area of Katsina State for banditry-related offences.

 

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Superintendent Gambo Isah, paraded the teenager before pressmen on Friday, at the state police command headquarters.

 

The 14-year-old bandit, (name withheld), said he was arrested by the Jibiya vigilantes and handed over to the police after he returned from the forest.

 

While fielding questions from newsmen, the underage bandit further revealed that he was taught how to use gun by their leader whom he simply identified as Malik

 

“Malik, our leader, taught me how to use the AK-47 rifle in the forest. When we attacked Mallamawa village, I shot and killed two persons. I have also been involved in several cable rustling attacks. On one occasion, I was given N50,000 as my share which I handed to Malik,” the teenage bandit said.

 

SP Gambo said the teenager was also involved in the attack on Dankulumbo, Kukar Babangida village among others in Jibiya Local Government Area where several cows were rustled.

 

According to him, efforts are in top gear to bring their commander, Maliki under police net.