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Friday, November 03, 2017

LEAKED: NCC writes telco to block 21 pro-Igbo, Biafra websites

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has concluded plans to block a total of 21 websites and domain names suspected to have sympathy and link with the Igbo and Biafra, reports ITRealms.

Some of the domains cut across .com, .net, info and .org respectively.

NCC in a leaked letter sighted by ITRealms to one of its licensee, names withheld, which has office address located at Off Gerard Road, Ikoyi-Lagos and dated 20th October, and acknowledged on 24th October 2017, entitled "Re: Request To Prevent the Commission of an offence under Section 146 of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003," referenced an earlier letter dated 27 September 2017 on the subject matter.

In this letter, NCC had directed the operator to restrict access to several pro-Igbo and Biafra identified websites for alleged threat to national security.

According the letter signed by duo of Director, New Media & Information Society, Engr. Haru Alhassan and Head, Legal & Regulatory Services, Mrs Yetunde Akinloye on behalf of the Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, the threats were identified by the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

ITRealms further reports that NCC had directed the operator to immediately take steps to restrict access within the Nigerian cyberspace in respect of the 21 additional websites by blocking the domain names.

The restricted document, ITRealms reports affected 21 websites and domains, including:
1. http://www.igbofocus.co.uk
2. http://www.ipobgovernment.org
3. http://www.biafraland.com
4. http://www.biafraradio.com
5. http://www.biafranet.com
6. http://www.thebiafrastars.co
7. http://www.biafraforum.com
8. http://www.biafrainc.com
9. http://www.biafra.com
10. http://www.biafra.net
11. http://www.biafra.club
12. http://www.biafra.info
13. http://www.biafranigeriaworld.com
14. http://www.ekwenche.org
15. http://www.gobiafra.com
16. http://www.restoringbiafranationhood.info
17. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/biafra-television
18. http://www.biafrasay.com
19. http://www.bafmembers.com/
20. http://www.thebiafrapost.com
21. http://www.naij.com


Further, ITRealms reports that the operator was given till Wednesday, 25th October, 2017 to implement the directive and provide update to the Commission within seven days of implementation.

Chuks Egbune/GEE
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