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Data Breach: NIMC Restricts Licensed Agents’ Access To NIN Database

Following the findings of the investigation by the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC), the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has restricted its licensed agents’ access to the National Identification Number (NIN) database. Recall that a report by FIJ had alleged that, a private website, has unrestricted access to the NINs and personal details of every registered Nigerian. It added that, the website has monetised the recovery of NINs and personal information on the Nigerian identification database. The NDPC, which is investigating the incidence of data breach at NIMC, averred that, the ongoing investigation has revealed that a third party which, among others, was originally authorised to provide verification services to citizens and genuine businesses might have allowed to use its NIN verification credentials to conduct verification. The NDPC added that the ongoing investigation by relevant agencies seeks to establish th

Easter: Emulate Christ, Sacrifice For One Another, Akpabio Tells Christians

As the world celebrates Easter, President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, has urged Christians to imbibe Jesus Christ's spirit of humility, love and sacrifice during and even after the celebration of His death and resurrection.  Akpabio, who stated this in his Easter message through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Hon Eseme Eyiboh, congratulated all Christians at home and in the diaspora for successfully completing the 40 days Lent and witnessing yet, another Easter celebration. He said "Just as Jesus Christ in His humility and love offered Himself for the redemption of mankind, I admonish us all to emulate Him and make sacrifices for one another. "Jesus Christ is an embodiment of love and as His followers, we are expected to radiate love in every aspect of our life, especially in this season of Easter.  "Let us, therefore, show love to one another, our neighbours, our leaders and our dear country. If we do not show love to our leaders and co


By Kamen Chuks Ogbonna  The recent stories of unknown gunmen attacks on a police station in Anaocha and other towns coupled with rampant incidents of kidnappings for ransom that have in turn brought about the present absence of nightlife in the state are all indices that point to the abysmal failure of the Soludo administration to secure the lives and properties of the residents of the state.  It is highly unacceptable that a state that earns billions in Naira every month from the federal allocation and the internally generated revenue insists on giving so little back to the people.  Governor Soludo's family resides in well-secured London where he has presently gone to for his Easter holidays and where he will also definitely retire to after his lacklustre tenure and one is tempted to ask, why do our political leaders especially those of the old order treat the masses with such disdain and wickedness?  FAAC disbursed the sum of 2.07 trillion naira to the three tiers of

Former South African President Zuma involved in car crash

South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma has been involved in a car crash overnight after a vehicle transporting him was hit by a drunk driver, police said on Friday. Zuma, however, escaped from the accident unhurt. The car crash happened just hours after electoral officials barred Zuma from standing in the May 29 general election, further stoking tensions in the run-up to the polls. The driver’s car “collided with former president Mr Jacob Zuma’s official armoured state vehicle”, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said. The 51-year-old man was arrested in KwaZulu Natal province “for drunken driving, as well as on a charge of reckless and negligent driving”, SAPS said. Zuma and his bodyguards escaped uninjured and the 81-year-old was taken to his place of residence. Zuma, a former veteran of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), was forced out of office in 2018 under a cloud of corruption allegations but still wields political clout. In December he announced he

Tinubu, a transformational leader, development democrat...Akpabio

President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON has congratulated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the occasion of his 72nd birthday hailing him as a transformational leader. Akpabio, in a congratulatory message released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh also described President Tinubu as a developmental democrat and bridge builder. According to Akpabio, "As a transformational leader, His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, leads from the front and this is exemplified in his developmental strides as governor of Lagos state and since coming on stream as the Commander-in-Chief and President of Nigeria. "As a developmental democrat, he has over the decades demonstrated uncommon commitment in nurturing and instituting a firm foundation for democracy in Nigeria. "As a bridge builder, he has remained the greatest mobiliser of men and women in contemporary Nigeria and the politician with the most robust political

Okija Igwe In Council Member, bemoans police intimidation asks CP to look into the matter

Chief Chukwunonso Madubueze, Oduah, Oru na Igbo in Ezeanagu Ubahu Okija of Ihiala LGA, in Anambra state, has cried out over alleged intimidation by the police of Ihiala Area Command and the vigilante of Okija, a situation he described as unfortunate, going by his person and status in the community as a cabinet member of Igwe in council and the person that led the fight against unknown gunmen in Okija.  He said that he it happened one evening that someone by name Isaac, came to his house around 11pm to inform him that he has been invited by the Chief Security officer of Okija Vigilante, Mr Ben Ezeh( Ikenga Okija), a call he said he answered, but was surprised at what Mr Ben told him.  He said " On meeting Mr Ben Ezeh as early as 7 am the following day, Mr Ben asked if i don't know that he is the Chief Security officer of Okija and that since he assumed office, that have I cared to come and clean his table or pay homeage to him? That he was at his house only to see t

Gun totting marauders invade Anaocha Council Hq

Burn down Div Police Hq, LG Secretariat From Chuks Collins,  Awka March 28,2024  Some hoodlums said to number about 30, according to eye witnesses invaded the Neni community, headquarters of Anaocha Local government.  The hoodlums were said to have set the Divisional Police Headquarters there ablaze. They also torched the nearby Anaocha Council secretariat which stood adjacent the Divisional police Headquarters, Neni.  The gangsters said to be very armed with assorted deadly weapons stormed the area around 3am today (Thursday).  They made a noisy entrance shouting, “DPO must go. He has overstayed. He has stayed in Anaocha for over 15 years.” Another source said they whisked away some police officers including female personnel at the station. The Anaocha divisional police Headquarters according to residents of the area has become so notorious for inhuman treatment and extra judicial conducts. They were alleged to be good at arresting citizens for a sport without any reas

FG Inaugurates Committee To Implement Automobile Development Plan

The Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, (FMITI) Doris Anite on Thursday inaugurated the Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Plan Committee, (NAIDP). Anite said the NAIDP has the potential to be a revolutionary success story, establishing Nigeria as a vital participant and a leading force in automotive design, development, and production rather than just a consumer. Anite during the launch in Abuja said “The project envisions a future in which Nigeria not only assembles automobiles but also develops a local sector capable of altering the economy and increasing the country’s global competitiveness while promoting equitable growth. “But by harnessing the creativity and expertise of all stakeholders, we can overcome challenges and plan a course towards sustainable development and prosperity.” According to the Minister, the committee’s terms of responsibility include periodic monitoring and evaluation of progress while identifying implementation issues and presenti

Two Convicted, 4 Nabbed For Vandalizing EEDC Property in Anambra

Last week at the Federal High Court of Nigeria in the Awka Judicial Division holden at Awka, Anambra State, the duo of Chinonso Chinaemelu, 27-year-old and Okoye Chisom Christian, 20-year-old were sentenced to one year imprisonment respectively for vandalizing a distribution substation belonging to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC). This development was made known by the Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh in a statement on Thursday. According to Ezeh, they were arrested on the 29th of November 2023 by Abatete local vigilante group while attempting to vandalize the distribution substation within the locality. Ezeh also confirmed that in the same week, a couple identified as Mr & Mrs Ebuka Umeh were arrested by some members of Isuorji community neighborhood security in Orlu, Imo State, when Ebuka’s wife was attempting to pick the vandalized items from a distribution substation belonging to EEDC with their motorcycle.  It was gathered