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2019: Coalition raises alarm over alleged plan to hack INEC servers

As Nigerians get ready for the 2019 general elections, a plot to hack the servers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in order to compromise the elections has reportedly been uncovered.

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Punch reports that a coalition of 24 civil society organisations claimed on Monday, November 5, that it uncovered the plot to hack the commission’s website.

Akahi News gathers that the group warned that if the servers are hacked, the hackers would be able to take control of the commission’s website and upload fictitious results in favour of their sponsors.

The group includes Anti-Corruption and Research-Based Data Initiative; Source of Hope Foundation; Nigeria Young Women; Political and Policy Forum; Centre for Environmental Development; Women of Purpose, Development and Education, among others.

Speaking on behalf of the coalition, the Executive Secretary, Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative, Chief Dennis Aghanya, said: “This army of mischief-makers are being recruited gradually but surely at all levels within the electoral body to undermine elections through a multiplicity of actions and utterances planned to call into question the integrity of the polls and create disaffection likely to engender violence.

“The first leg of this segment consists of hiring foreign political strategists to lay down a consistent fusillade of blackmail against the country and the forthcoming elections through procurement of adverse publications in foreign media which will then be echoed endlessly by local outlets.

“We are giving room for those involved to repent of their evil plot, but we don’t want to personalise it yet by reporting to the police because they would ask you to identify those involved and we don’t want to point fingers at people yet.

“That is why we are raising a general alarm so that the people can repent, but if they did not, then we may have to take further steps to stop them.”

Meanwhile, Akahi News previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission stopped its officials from being members of WhatsApp groups.

The electoral body sent a memo to all its 37 resident electoral commissioners, informing them of its decision. INEC also said it asked its officials not to create any such social media group under any guise.

According to report, there were different WhatsApp groups created by the officials, where they discussed various issues that has to do with welfare, working conditions and others.

Some officials who craved anonymity said a WhatsApp group was created by some members of staff to discuss a certain disbursement of funds. Others claimed that they were shortchanged by their different bosses.

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