- Cyberfraud: EFCC Arrests Naira Marley, Afeez Fashola
Nigerian musician, Afeez Fashola popularly known as Naira Marley, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday.
The commission confirmed the arrest of the musician and others in relation to alleged cyberfrauds.
In recent weeks, the musician has voiced his support for cybercriminals and even released a video on Instagram affirming his support despite top celebrities like Ruggedman, Tunde Ednut calling his attention to the danger of his action.
A top EFCC official, who will like to remain anonymous, said the graft agency has seized their laptops and smartphones to conduct forensics to determine their link to cybercrime.
The acting EFCC spokesperson, Mr Tony Orilade, in an interview with our correspondent, said, “Yes, he is with us. He’s not the only person; he had some other persons also arrested alongside (him).
“They were arrested in relation to advance fee fraud — Internet-related cases and all of that. Give me a little time and I will get you the details.”
Last year, the EFFC introduced operation Cyber Storm to curb internet fraud across the country. Over 150 suspects have been arrested since the operation started.
According to the Nigeria Electronic Fraud Forum (NeFF), bank customers in Nigeria lost a total of N3.6 billion to cyberfraud in two years.
The Chairman of NeFF, who also doubles as the Director, Payments System Management Department, Central Bank of Nigeria, said banks recorded N2 billion in losses in 2018, up from N1.6 billion in 2017.
“The volume also increased to 38,852 from 25,043 reported in 2017. Of these figures, the mobile channel recorded the highest volume and value, with an estimate of 11,492 in volume and N598.8m in actual loss value, calling for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to tame future escalation.”
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Nigeria to Implement Biometric Clearance Gates at International Airports by March 2024
Nigeria is gearing up to introduce a significant upgrade to its airport security measures with the implementation of biometric clearance gates at international airports by March 2024.
This move aims to streamline passenger processing and bolster national security efforts.
Under the plan, five major international airports across Nigeria, including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, and Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, will be equipped with biometric clearance gates.
These gates will utilize advanced technology to provide seamless clearance services for passengers entering the country.
Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, emphasized that the installation of biometric gates reflects Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing border control management and adhering to global best practices.
The gates are expected to significantly reduce clearance times, with a passenger clearing in just 30 seconds.
Tunji-Ojo highlighted the gates’ dual purpose: expediting passenger processing while also enhancing national security by allowing for quick identification of persons of interest.
The initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, aiming to provide quality services to Nigerians while ensuring national security.
This modernization effort is poised to address long-standing issues of delays and improve the overall travel experience for passengers at Nigeria’s international airports.
President Bola Tinubu to Inaugurate Red Line Mass Transit Train on February 29
President Bola Tinubu is slated to inaugurate the long-awaited Red Line Mass Transit Train on February 29, according to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The disclosure came during the Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) Stakeholders’ Forum 2024, held in Lagos.
The Red Line, a pivotal component of the state’s integrated mass transit system, stretches from Agbado in Ogun State to Oyingbo in Lagos Mainland.
The project aims to alleviate the perennial traffic congestion in Lagos, offering commuters a faster and more efficient mode of transportation.
Governor Sanwo-Olu highlighted the state’s commitment to addressing traffic challenges and emphasized the importance of the Lagos State Parking Policy in regulating parking across the metropolis.
The policy established the Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA), tasked with implementing innovative parking solutions.
He underscored the collaboration between the state government and local authorities, recognizing the strategic partnership with the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in parking regulation efforts.
The forthcoming inauguration marks a significant milestone in Lagos’ transportation infrastructure, promising improved mobility and reduced commute times for millions of residents.
With President Tinubu set to officiate the event, anticipation is high as the city prepares for this transformative development in its public transportation landscape.
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