News making round the media by the River state Governor, Nyesom Wike that the Federal Government had colluded with INEC through the Office of the National Security Adviser, (NSA) to work with Internet service providers to shutdown Internet access on the days of election.
He said “shutting down Internet access by NSA and INEC was aimed at easing the rigging of election in the country.
Reacting to the allegation, The Federal Government of Nigeria clears the air on the statement made by the Governor of River state. Stating that, there is no collusion with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to work with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to shut down Internet access on the days of election in the country.
Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) stated in a statement signed yesterday in Abuja by the Spokesman, Danjuma Reuben, said the office works with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government in making continuous efforts to protect them and improve service delivery to Nigerians, noting that every single national security platform in the country rides on the same Internet to function.
Reuben noted that all communication facilities are major components of the Critical National Information Infrastructure (CNII), which he said the office is mandated to ensure its security are well protected.
Reuben said: “The attention of the Office of the National Security Adviser has been drawn to the allegation making rounds in the media that the ‘Federal Government, through the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to work with internet service providers to shut down internet access during the forthcoming elections to facilitate rigging of the 2019 elections.’ The Office wishes to advise the general public to disregard the allegation, which is a disinformation.
According to the spokesman, the office remains committed to protecting the rights of the public to access Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities.