The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has raised concern over imminent cyber attacks on banks and some other key establishments in the country by hackers.
NITDA said in a statement Monday that cyber criminals or hackers may launch a cyber attack on some Nigerian banks, health institutions and other government agencies very soon.
The Director General of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, said there was need for all stakeholders to take urgent and solid precautionary measures.
Dr Pantanmi said the agency’s Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT), in conjunction with other industry stakeholders had already intercepted the plans by the hackers.
He said: “In their efforts at ensuring a safe and secure cyberspace, CERRT, in conjunction with other industry stakeholders have intercepted some signals of potential cyber-attacks targeting banking, health and other systems, power and transportation systems, as well as other critical national infrastructure.”
“We therefore recommend the following precautionary measures: Efforts should be intensified at ensuring that any data is encrypted, particularly any sensitive or personal data.
“Ensure that networks are fully secure through the use of wired network thereby protecting them from possible hackers’ attempt at using Wi-Fi security lapses to remotely break into computer systems.
“Where Wi-Fi network is used, ensure that an up to date encryption standard is in use and turn off the service set identifier (SSID) broadcasting function on the wireless router if it is not needed ensure that free Wi-Fi connections as well as other wireless connections such as Bluetooth or infrared ports are not used unless where necessary.
“Ensure that operating systems and other software applications are regularly updated with the latest patches…ensure that anti-malware protection is installed on all IT systems as this will help in protecting your organisation’s network from potential attacks through virus-laden software and email attachments.”
According to the DG, all security software should be adjusted to scan compressed or archived files, explaining that it is also important that appropriate guidelines are in place for connecting personal devices into the organisation’s network, use of credential vaults and multi-fact.
Tambuwal: “My 252 aides resigned to evade sack”
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state says more than 252 special advisers and assistants in his employ resigned to pre-empt their planned sack.
Tambuwal’s director of media and publicity, Abubakar Shekara, said the governor had already directed their sack.
“So their purported resignation was meant to per-empt the directive of the Governor,” he told a Daily Trust reporter on phone.
In a statement signed by the Director General, Tambuwal had directed the termination of the appointment of all Special Assistants from the service of the state.
According to the statement, this was to enable the appointees engage in partisan activities without ethical or moral dilemmas.
The Advisers in a press conference said they have voluntarily resigned their position on ground of the recent defection of the governor to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and his “abysmal performance” in the state.
They also announced they would remain in the APC.
Primate Ayodele’s 2018/2019 prophetic bombshells!: VP Osinbajo will be dumped; NURTW will be scrapped
Primate Ayodele displays the newly released 2018/2019 edition of ‘Warnings to The Nations’ at a press parley in Lagos
*Northern States Will Form One Party After Buhari’s Tenure
Servant of God and founder and spiritual leader at INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele, has released the 2018/2019 edition of his annual prophecy book, ‘Warning to The Nations’. At a parley in his church on Saturday, August 4th, 2018, the popular prophet highlights the contents of the book before a select group of journalists from Nigerian major print and online newspapers and bloggers, including THE WITNESS NEWSPAPER. Below are excerpts from the encounter…
What has God shown you can stop the killings in the country?
What will stop these killings in Nigeria, the solution if the government can do it is, (i) let’s practice true federalism (ii) let there be no election in 2019 (iii) let’s have an agreement that states should go on their own and take care of their resources, this will caution corruption, because they only bring tax or percentage to the federal to take care of themselves, that is when the state policemen can work. If we want Nigeria to move forward it is not the election in 2019 that is the way forward for the country, the solution is, let the states be independent, then our electoral body too, by the time we do that their won’t be killings, and much later if we don’t want to live together, you can now opt out. Either we like it or not Nigeria will not exceed 2035. Let us pray against the death of a prominent Emir. Let GLO chairman pray for his health and his business because I see very serious challenges facing his business soon. Benin Republic president won’t win a second term in office. Ghanaian president should work hard and pray hard so that his second term would not be jeopardized on the altar of ethnicity. The international community will gang up against the Buhari government towards 2019 general elections. Rashidi Ladoja will not be Oyo governor again. He should perish the ambition, says the Lord.
Have you given these solutions as a concerned Nigeria or as what God has showed you?
I’m not a politician, and I don’t want to be one. If we see that that is not the solution then we can go for another one, but this is the solution that will bring us from the burden we are. We are not voting for conscience any longer in election, we are voting for money, and is everywhere in the world not Nigeria only.
Do you see the youth coming to leadership positions from 2019?
If you are a youth and you don’t have money you cannot be recognized, but when you have money you can go places. So any youth without money can’t, and you must also have a political godfather and you must know how to join political thuggery which will give them the avenue, but every politician has youths as thugs, so my fear for the youth is we haven’t seen any seriousness in them, they are not yet determined to do what is right, expect they shun violence for any political purpose and have integrity. Poverty is also the problem, there is too much of hardship.
You once spoke about senate president, Saraki, that if he didn’t contest for presidency, God will be annoyed with him. Now that Saraki is with PDP are you still standing that he should contest?
See the new prophecy book first because it is a very important issue. We said it a long time ago and you can tell what is happening now.
Do we take whatever you say here as prophecy so that people will not confuse your words with opinion?
I’m not a politician and I don’t give opinions, all I say is prophetical.
Sometimes ago you said you warned Ekiti Governor, Fayose which he disobeyed and that was why you said he failed to win governorship for his party; now in Osun State, by September there will be election. APC has broken into factions, what should we expect in Osun State?
First on the Osun State governorship election; we said it many weeks ago that the victory is between three political parties, APC, PDP and ADP. But i see APC winning if it puts its house in order. I see fight between the APC chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and the party’s Board of Trustees. This position of the Lord remains. The whole messages are contained in the book. On Fayose, I want to tell you that Fayose shot himself in the foot because of greed, self-interest and ingratitude, and these led to his party’s defeat. If he had not disobeyed God, his party would have been victorious in the July 14th 2018 election. God revealed to us and we warned Fayose to desist from being selfish, greedy and ungrateful but he snubbed God’s warnings. He said he is also a prophet. He kept deceiving the people that he had the gift of the prophets. Now, he has realized that God is not mocked.
In 2014, you said that APC would take over power after Goodluck Jonathan, and that you foresaw another party coming up that would defeat APC and rule for 18 years and the party will be formed by some aggrieved elements from across the north. Are we getting close to the prophecy?
I still stand by that prophecy. God said that in the nearest future, a party will take over, and there will be no PDP or APC. We are going to see a strictly Northern party, a strong, regional party by the Northerners.
What do you foresee on the international scene?
Democrat will win the next election in America. President Donald Trump will survive impeachment but will not get a second term. He will be technically defeated. I see Texas in America being recognized as an independent state in 2038.
Who is God telling you will be the next president of Nigeria, do you see Buhari coming back; you said some political dynasties will go away by 2019, are you specifically referring to somebody, is Saraki the man God said will help Nigeria?
Buhari’s second time is very dicey, and the honest truth is that if Buhari goes for a second term by force, there will be problems. God wants to use Saraki for something symbolic for four years only. If PDP can give him the presidential ticket, the party will bounce back and Nigeria will change for good. Otherwise, I don’t see any positive changes ahead.
You said God wants to use Saraki for four years, don’t you think that he could probably have achieved it because, in this present time that he is the senate president, some of the things happening under his leadership are not good enough.
You as journalist can analyze that, but me I cannot because I’m not speaking as a politician but God’s servant. That is what I know and that is how I will answer it. If PDP wants to win, let them give Saraki the presidential ticket. Saraki’s leadership will change a lot of things.
You said you don’t see Nigeria existing beyond 2035, I want to know if there will be bloodbath or the breakup will be peaceful?
Yes, Nigeria will break up but God says Nigeria’s breakup will be peaceful.
Can you speak on why men of God contradict one another while giving prophecies?
God can give a prophet a message and for one reason or the other, He can take the message to another prophet to deliver. This is how God works. That is why I cannot analyze God the way He works. Either positive or negative, either it come to pass or not, I’m not in a position to judge God or any prophet or speak on anybody’s prophecies.
You said in the book that so many PDP governors will decamp, who are the governors?
They are both PDP and APC governors. Let’s wait and see. The book also talks about our warning in 2017 that the governorship ambition of Senator Solomon Yayi will hit the rocks. But if he can apply more strategies, I see him returning to the senate. Also, the book warned about the deaths of both former UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan and American lady singer, Aretha Franklin. I see INEC and Police being used by the ruling party in 2019 to get what I call ‘technical rigging’. I see new billionaire businessmen emerging in Nigeria while the likes of Dangote and Otedola will fizzle out. I see the government scrapping NURTW and new, corporate body will be established to run the transport union as a separate ministry and government will be appointing the leadership. This is what the Lord says. Akpabio will not be able to hijack the PDP structure from Akwa Ibom governor.
What do you foresee about the forthcoming Osun State governorship election, especially concerning the dancing senator
I don’t know any dancing senator. But APC should put their house in order if they want to win the election. If they don’t they will lose it. I don’t see Ladi Adebutu realizing his political ambition in PDP. Likewise, Adebayo Adelabu will not be given governorship ticket in Oyo State. That is what the Lord says. He is just wasting his time and energy. I see pride killing his political ambition. He needs to seek God’s face. Amaju Pinnick’s time at NFF is over. Ambode should be careful not to fight Tinubu after winning a second term in 2019. I see him winning. There will be no Lagos State in some years from now because Lagos State will be divided into two different states. I see Ekiti, Ibadan and Ondo producing food for the whole country in the nearest future. I foresee Kwara State becoming a political Mecca for other parts of Nigeria and it will be rich in rice production and cattle rearing. Kwara will also discover petrol, tin and gold in large quantity.
JUST IN: 252 aides resign from Sokoto Gov. Tambuwal’s cabinet
Two hundred and fifty-two Special Advisers and Special Assistants appointed under Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s administration have resigned their positions.
The affected aides said their resignations were informed by the recent decision of the Sokoto State Governor to dump the All Progressives Congress, the party which they are bona fide members of in the state.
They stated that their resolve to remain in APC will not allow them to function in their respective positions under Tambuwal’s government.
Addressing journalists on Sunday in Sokoto, the spokesman of the SAs, Hon. Dasuki Haske, also said their decisions were hinged on their loyalty to the party.
“We deem it fit to state categorically that we are not ready to join Governor Tambuwal in his new party. That was what informed our decision. We will remain in APC and there is no going back.
“We are members of APC before taking up our appointments as SAs and it was based on our membership values that we were given such positions. Now, we have resigned because the governor has not performed well since inception to justify our support for him.
“We want to assure that we will work for the success of APC in the state come 2019 general election. We will work for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and our state party leader, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko,” Haske said.
Another speaker, Abdullahi Ahmad Sokoto, said all the ex-aides will work for the success of APC in the state.
He added that the party remained the one to beat in any election.
Also speaking, a former Special Assistant, Hajia Rabi Tudunwada, alleged that she and other aides of the governor were called and compelled to swear with Holy Qur’an to secure their promise to defect from APC before they could be paid their August salary.
Hajia Tudunwada disclosed that some of them had refused to be part of the oath, which informed their decision to resign from their respective positions.
She posited that both PDP and Governor Tambuwal will be rejected in the forthcoming general elections by the electorate.
Responding, the state APC chairman, Hon. Isah Achida, thanked the affected Special Advisers and Assistants for their loyalty to the party.
He also promised them rewards for their “steadfastness and commitment to the party.”
“We thank you for being loyal to the party and we are assuring you of equal treatment as loyal party members.
“We have taken cognizance of your loyalty and commitment,” Achida stated.
NEWS20 hours ago
JUST IN: 252 aides resign from Sokoto Gov. Tambuwal’s cabinet
NEWS3 days ago
Two die, over 10 trapped as three-storey building collapses in Abuja (PHOTOS)
NEWS20 hours ago
Third Mainland Bridge to be temporarily shut for four days – LASG
THE NATION2 days ago
Osinbajo signs three bills into law
ENTERTAINMENT3 days ago
Changing narratives, sparking innovation: Orode Uduaghan’s TEDx Ogunu leads the way in Warri
SPORTS20 hours ago
EPL: Brighton beat Manchester United 3-2
INVESTIGATION3 days ago
Police declares 9 bankers wanted for stealing customers’ deposits
BUSINESS2 days ago
FCMB promotes entrepreneurship among youths, urges innovation