Lekki Shooting: Pictures of soldiers fighting Boko Haram used as those in Lekki — Army

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Lekki Shooting: Pictures of soldiers fighting Boko Haram used as those in Lekki — Army

The Nigerian Army has blamed the violent twist in the # EndSARS protest on what it described as an unethical use of the cyberspace, disclosing that pictures of soldiers circulating on social media as those alleged to have fired shots at protesters at the Lekki Toll gate, Lagos, last month, were those of its personnel fighting insurgents in the North East.

Decrying the impact of the negative use of the cyberspace on the nation, it said it had made the security atmosphere complicated and unpredictable.

General Officer Commanding, GOC 81 Division of the Nigerian Army, Victoria Island, Lagos  Major General Godwin Umelo, made the disclosure at a two-day Inter-agency interactive workshop for exercise Crocodile Smile 6, at the 81 Div’s Officers Mess, yesterday.

The workshop themed ‘Cyber Attack as an Emerging Security Threat in Nigeria, the Role of Armed Forces and Security Agencies’,  according to him,  was a precursor to Excercise Crocodile Smile VI, adding that it became imperative owing to the present security challenges.

In his remark at the end of the presentation of the first paper, titled ‘ Cyber Warfare and Internal Security in Nigeria: An Assessment’,  by Dr Olunifesi Suraj, the GOC, noted that as much as the cyberspace was good, its negative aspect was trying to outweigh its positive aspect.

He said:” When it was created, it was created for the purpose of making communication faster and for ease of doing business. Unfortunately, they didn’t take cognizance of the inherent threats that whatever you do, you must involve a countermeasure or create a means of security, and that is why people have dominated it today for mischief.

“Some of these issues came to the fore during the #EndSARS protest, where soldiers that were fighting Boko Haram on gun truck wearing desert camouflage, were shown as being in Lekki, shooting. Fortunate enough, they didn’t know that we don’t wear that type of camouflage outside the North-east.

“Those who spread false information about the shootings at Lekki that led to the destructions of lives and properties will one day account for it in one way or the other”, he said refusing to speak further on the Lekki shooting, saying it was still being investigated.

Continuing, the GOC, said, “people are doing a lot of things with ICT today. You can be in your house, and they will import your picture and superimposed it on a scene of a crime and say you were there. It will take the grace of God for you to state otherwise.

“If you recall, owners of Twitter, Google and Facebook were invited by the American Senate for questioning, which bothers on issues of cybersecurity, in relation to the just concluded American election”.

He stated that the nation had enough policies that could take care of cyber threats but was quick to add that implementation of the policies was the problem, an action he blamed on those supposed to implement it.

He, therefore, called on the need for everyone to ascertain the authenticity of every information and video clips posted on social media before forwarding same, noting that most of them were incidents that happened long ago but were recycled.

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