Confessional statements obtained under torture –APC
THE Department of the State Services (DSS), on Wednesday, said it is suspecting the All Progressives Party (APC) of plotting to inflate the party’s membership data and to hack into the voter registration database of the Independent National electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the February elections.
Deputy Director, Public Relations, Marilyn Ogar, told newsmen in Abuja that the party intended to do this through the creation of party membership forms and cards to match INEC’s voters register across the country.
It will be recalled that the service issued a press statement on November 24, 2014 on a security operation conducted at No. 10, Bola Ajibola Street, Ikeja, Lagos, on November 22, 2014.
Ogar said the service obtained a search warrant before carrying out the security operations on the property, as against the opinions variously expressed by the APC national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and some uninformed members of the public on the action.
She said the DSS received information that the building located at No. 10, Bola Ajibola Street, Ikeja, Lagos, was being used for cloning of INEC permanent voter card (PVC) by some unscrupulous persons, with intent to hack into INEC database, corrupt it and replace same with their own data;
Upon receiving the said report, she said “the service immediately took appropriate steps to investigate same by first seeking and obtaining a search warrant as required by law.
“This is contrary to claims by the APC that the building was accessed illegally. On arriving at the building, officers of this service found that the building did not have the signpost, banner or flag of any company or political party.”
According to the DSS spokesperson, in the course of investigation, temporary voter cards and permanent voter cards were recovered from the building, adding also that one of the hard drives recovered from the building contained a video of 21 hacking tutorials.
The tutorial video, she noted, focused on how to become a hacker and steps to take to avoid detection in the process of hacking web servers.
Ogar added that the video explained how to hack into the systems of media houses, with the aim of broadcasting fake stories or headlines, adding also that investigations showed that APC registered under-aged persons, including several infants and babies, as members of the party.
She also said the service discovered that the party registered several security personnel from the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps, among others, in their uniforms, as members of the party and that the party had multiple registrations of individuals in multiples of 16, 12, and 10.