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Truecaller writes NITDA, says they will comply with Nigeria’s data protection regulation

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The Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, has said Truecaller will harmonise its operations to suit the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation, NDPR.

Mr Inuwa said this at the ongoing 39TH Gulf Information Technology Exhibition, GITEX, a global technology exhibition that gathers over 200,000 Information Technology interests, 145 countries on advancing technology.

The director general said this following the investigation he recalled the agency started on Truecaller’s privacy data breach on some unsuspecting Nigerians.

He recalled that the Truecaller Privacy Policy, TPP, is against global laws on data protection and the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation, NDPR, requires data collection, processing accuracy, specific consent validity and other necessities.

According to him, the initial investigation reveals that over seven million Nigerians are active users of the Truecaller service, hence the need to create awareness on that.

He said “on investigating the Truecaller compromise on data of some Nigerians, we have gone far on that.

“They have written to us to find ways to harmonise operations to comply with the Nigerian Data Protection Regulation.”

He added that the TPP content comprises of two categories and have different policies for those residing in the European Economic Area, EEA, and those outside the EEA, noting that Nigerians should be aware of the category they belong.

The NITDA boss said citizens could find necessary information on Truecaller operations on its website — www.truecaller.com.

On the participation of Nigerian start-ups at GITEX, he said that the young innovators had global innovative ideas but needed an enabling environment and the right mentorship to achieve their goals.

He explained that over time, government had put in a lot of work in trying to boost local content, adding that the effort was yielding results and making the IT sector to contribute majorly to economic growth.

He said “a lot of start-ups are coming up in the country and this shows that government’s effort toward building the ICT sector is yielding results.

“Before, oil was the major contributor to our Gross Domestic Product but now, ICT has taken over; ICT contributes almost 13.6 per cent to our GDP, while oil contribute only about 8 per cent.

“Job opportunities lie so much in ICT; it is just for us to find out the right potential within our environment and develop it,” Inuwa stressed.
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Breaking: Soldier kills four colleagues in Borno, commits suicide

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Breaking: Soldier kills four colleagues in Borno, commits suicide

A soldier who is a Corporal of the Nigerian Army serving at the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Army Super Camp 15, located at Malam Fatori in Borno State, northern Nigeria,  has killed four of his colleagues.

The Witness reports that a statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed the development, saying that the Nigerian Army soldier later shot himself in the early hours of Wednesday, February 26,

It was learned that two other soldiers of the Nigerian Army were injured from the shooting but are currently in stable condition in hospital in Maiduguri, the capital and the largest city of Borno State in north-eastern Nigeria.

The Acting Director of Army Public Relations said efforts are ongoing to contact the families of our gallant colleagues who paid the supreme price in the line of duty.

“Two of his colleagues were also injured during the incident and are currently in stable condition in our hospital in Maiduguri. Efforts are ongoing to contact the families of our gallant colleagues who paid the supreme price in the line of duty. May their gentle souls Rest In Peace.

“Meanwhile, an investigation into the case has since been instituted to determine the circumstances that led to the unfortunate incident,” Musa said.

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[BREAKING] Bayelsa: Supreme Court upholds judgement sacking APC’s David Lyon

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[BREAKING] Bayelsa: Supreme Court upholds judgement sacking APC's David Lyon

The Supreme Court has upheld its judgement which sacked David Lyon and Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor-elect and deputy governor-elect of Bayelsa State. The apex court dismissed an application for review of the judgment.

According to Justice Amina Augie who read the judgment, the application lacks merit, adding that the decisions of the court are final.

She added that the applicants failed to point out errors, stating that the judgment is final for all ages.

The apex court judge said the judgment is final in the ‘real sense’ and no court on earth can review the judgment.

“There must be an end to litigation even if we review this judgment, every disaffected litigant will bring similar applications and the finality of Supreme Court judgments will be lost.”

She added that the applications are frivolous and vexatious, and awarded the cost of N10 million against the applicants to be personally paid by their counsel.

Recall the apex court, on February 13, sacked Lyon of the APC barely 24 hours to his inauguration.

A five-member panel of the apex court led by Justice Mary Odili nullified Mr Lyon’s election on the grounds that his deputy, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, presented false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to aid his qualification for the November 16 governorship election in State.

Subsequently, the court ordered INEC to declare the party with the highest number of lawful votes and geographical spread the winner of the election. The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Douye Diri, was later sworn in as governor.

This was sequel to a suit filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Douye Diri, against the APC candidates and INEC, seeking the disqualification of the APC deputy governorship candidate.

 

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Bayelsa: Court to deliver judgment in APC’s request to review Bayelsa judgment

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[BREAKING] Bayelsa: Supreme Court upholds judgement sacking APC's David Lyon

The Supreme Court has fixed judgment for Wednesday (Today) in the application by the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a review of its judgment in the Bayelsa State governorship dispute.

The apex court has, in its February 13, 2020 judgement, voided the participation of the APC’s candidates in the election on the grounds that its deputy governorship candidate submitted false information to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) about his education credentials.

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