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#EndSARS: Police website still offline 48 hours after ‘attack by hackers’

#EndSARS: Police website still offline 48 hours after ‘attack by hackers’
October 17
11:11 2020

The website of the Nigeria police force (NPF) is currently offline as protests against the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) continue across the country.

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Checks by TheCable on Saturday revealed that the website, www.npf.gov.ng, was not available — the website went offline on Thursday.

On the police website was the message: “This Account has been suspended. Contact your hosting provider for more information.”

The development is one in a series of targeted attacks against the websites and social media accounts of government-owned institutions.

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On Thursday night, the Twitter handle of the National Broadcasting Commission was taken over by the ‘Anonymous’ hackers.

“We #Anonymous have taken over all the NG Official Twitter’s Account to support  #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY. WE’RE TOGETHER WITH NIGERIANS. EXPECT UNEXPECTED,” the group had written on the Twitter handle of the NBC.

As the ‘Anonymous’ hackers continued to tweet in support of the #EndSARS movement through the NBC account, the website of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was also down for a while on Friday, but was later recovered.

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The youth have taken to the streets for more than one week now, calling for reforms within the police force.

Although Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, has announced the disbandment of the SARS unit and announced the creation of the special weapon and tactics (SWAT) team as a replacement, the youth have insisted on a total reform of the force, as well as better welfare for the citizens.

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