Thursday, August 30, 2012

Boko Haram Publishes Nigeria Secret Police Details on the Internet

Marilyn Ogar, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the SSS.

What is buzzing in newsrooms in New York, London and other places overseas is the Nigeria Secret Police Details Leaked as reported by the Associated Press. But the Nigerian government and Nigerians don’t seem bothered at all since what might be top secret to the American Press, AP or the BBC is common knowledge on the streets of Lagos, Kano and Abuja, except you are what we call a JJC, Johnny Just Come.

Are we sure that Pfc. Bradley Manning and Julian Paul Assange and company don’t already have this information in the files of WikiLeaks even before the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihadl, popularly called Boko Haram posted the personnel records of former and current members of Nigeria's State Security Service (SSS), including home addresses and names of immediate family members on the Internet? But Ms. Marilyn Ogar, the Deputy Director, Public Relations of the SSS should tell us how the dreaded Boko Haram got these secret files?

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

The leak of personal data of more than 60 past and current employees of Nigeria's State Security Service remained easily accessible on the Internet for days and had details about the agency's director-general, including his mobile phone number, bank account particulars and contact information for his son.

Many of agents listed who could be reached said they received no official warning from the spy agency that their information had been posted online nor been otherwise alerted. The material has been deleted from the comment section of a website, but the security breach astonished spy service veterans and calls into question whether Nigeria's intelligence community, whose agents already have released suspected terrorists out of religious and ethnic sympathies, are too compromised from within to stop the violence now plaguing Africa's most populous nation.

There is no secret in Nigeria if you are in the right circles. The so called Nigerian SSS is not as good as the FBI. The rampant terrorist attacks in Nigeria cannot happen so frequently if there is a good security agency. The mallam selling water on the streets of Kano knows more about the Boko Haram than the SSS.

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