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Sunday, December 27, 2015

One Lagos fiesta gains momentum @Bar Beach

The six days weeklong One Lagos fiesta has gained momentum at the Bar Beach, Victoria Island in the Centre of excellence, reports ITRealms.

The six day event organized by the Lagos State Government, was put everything in place for a memorable experience for Lagosians this long holiday season of Christmas and New Year.

ITRealms recalls that “One Lagos Fiesta” was initiated by the present administration to complement and improve on the popular Lagos Countdown Musical Show usually staged annually at the Lagos Bar Beach from 27th December to 1st January.

Also ITRealms reports that the Fiesta was decentralised into five locations to add fun and entertainment to the festive period across the State.

To achieve this, the event will hold simultaneously in Agege Stadium (Ikeja), Badagry Stadium (Badagry), Ikorodu Town Hall (Ikorodu), Bar Beach (Lagos) and Epe Youth Centre (Epe) from 27th December, 2015 to 1st January, 2016.

Apart from live performances by over 50 top artistes that would be done across the five different locations, other entertainment fixtures packaged by the organizers for fun seeking Lagosians at the Bar Beach include bouncing castles for children, Three-A-Side football pitch for both adult and children, stands for various food and drinks and large dancing area amongst others.

Children entertainments are scheduled to run from 10am to 6pm daily while that of adults is from 7pm till dawn.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

CSEAN president decries attacks on Lagos State Govt, Appeal Court

The national president of the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN), Mr. Remi Afon has decried the recent hacking of the official websites of the Lagos State Government (LSG) and Lagos State Court of Appeal respectively.

Mr. Afon who made his view known to ITRealms at the weekend in a chat said both attacks showed absolute vulnerabilities that led to the exploit which must be found as soon as possible.

He also pointed to the fact that it’s no longer business as usual cyber-security wise in Nigeria and called on the government at all levels to sit up.

Afon equally wondered what befits the database of the defaced websites, which must have been compromised

He was emphatic that sensitive data must have been stolen, stressing that these beg for answers.
ITRealms reports that the Lagos State government official website has been restored for full online services, while that of Court of Appeal remain in limbo.

ITRealms recalls that suspected terrorists hackers had hijacked the official website of the Lagos State government and Lagos State Court of Appeal, with a message claiming that Federal Government of Nigeria alongside the governments of United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, are supporting terrorism.

ITRealms gathered was sympathetic to the death of members of the Shiite Islamic Sect in Zaria, Kaduna State caused by soldiers on the convoy of Chief of Army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

Full part of the message read: “Boko Haram and ISIS are terrorists, They are killing Muslims and innocent people because of your dirty money, Hey Nigeria Government you killed thousands of Muslims and specially Zakzaky’s family too, You are all terrorists, You are all murderers, GOD damn you! Allahu maulana wala mula lakum.”

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Biafra agitation: Anambra State warns on foreign images of dead persons in circulation

The Anambra State Government has warned of frivolous circulation of foreign images of dead persons in the name of those killed in the cause of protests by the suspected Indigenous People of Biafra (IPB) in Onitsha part of the state, reports ITRealms.

The state government through the Ifeanyi Aniagoh, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) Social Media to the Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano sounded this warning at the weekend, saying that their attention have been drawn to online activities of some masked identities who circulate foreign images of dead persons claiming that they are photos taken from Onitsha, Anambra State.
“It's clear that some mischievous elements are out to turn facts upside down with respect to happenings in the State,” he lamented.

Aniagoh also said that a state adjudged by all and sundry as the safest State in Nigeria which has enjoyed a very peaceful atmosphere since the Chief Willie Obiano took over as the governor... A feat much cherished by the young and old in the Light of the Nation was being misrepresented online.
“It's thus laughable to hear some agents of misfortune insinuating unimaginable things about the unfortunate deaths recorded in Onitsha in recent times,” he said.

Those images and stories behind them, he insisted, were not from Anambra State and are false, misleading and mischievous.

“We urge Ndi Anambra to ignore such ignoble acts and carry on with their legitimate plans to enjoy a beautiful Yuletide Season,” Aniagoh said.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

NNPC-SNEPCo excite Innercity pupils at end of year party

Pupils of the Innercity Mission School, Lagos were proud hosts of a Christmas party organised by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) in collaboration with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) penultimate Monday, reports ITRealms 
In keeping with the mood of the Yuletide, the pupils and the school received a variety of gifts including school bags, book shelves, television sets and audio visual aids.

“We do this every year to bring smiles to the faces of the less-privileged and to send the message of hope to Nigerians,” said SNEPCo Managing Director, Bayo Ojulari, who was represented at the event by the company’s General Manager, Offshore Assets, Effy Okon. He added, “Our choice of the Innercity Mission School is in appreciation of the shared values between the mission and SNEPCo. We remain committed to working with our senior partner NNPC, and co-venturers, to provide opportunities to Nigerians who otherwise would be out of school and thus deprived of developing their full potential that may significantly benefit society.”

Director of the mission, Victor Aregbe, described the “relentless support from NNPC and SNEPCo” as exemplary. He recalled that the school’s ICT centre and well-equipped library donated by the NNPC/SNEPCo had transformed learning in the school. The Innercity Mission School is a charity initiative of the Innercity Mission for Children. The school, with the support of partners and donors, provides nursery and primary education to indigent children free of any charges including the provision of school uniforms, educational supplies, breakfast, lunch and transportation to and from the school.

SNEPCo is the offshore subsidiary of Shell in Nigeria and operates the Bonga floating, production, storage and offloading vessel as contractor under a production sharing contract with the NNPC, which holds the lease for OML 118. SNEPCo holds a 55 per cent contractor interest of the OML. The other co-venturers are Esso Exploration & Production Nigeria Ltd (20 per cent), Total E&P Nigeria Ltd (12.5 per cent), and Nigerian Agip Exploration Ltd (12.5 per cent).

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Samsung smart schools target 10,000 teachers across Nigeria

The Samsung Smart School for Teachers initiative is targeting an estimated 10,000 teachers across five states in Nigeria, namely Ogun, Rivers, Delta and Imo respectively, reports ITRealms.

Managing Director, Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr. Brovo Kim, made this disclosure at the launch of the project at Federal Government Boys College, Apo, Abuja in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education.

He also said that the Samsung Smart School for Teachers in Apo would be the first of five launched in Nigeria, with others planned for Ogun, Rivers, Delta and Imo states, which anticipated result will be a collective 10, 000 teachers receiving training as primary beneficiaries, and a further 5,000 students impacted as secondary beneficiaries, over a five year period.

“The Samsung Smart School concept is implemented in urban schools with the infrastructure, but not the skills needed to use IT for teaching and learning. In line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal to improve education, we believe it is essential to equip teachers with basic computer literacy, as well as the tools they need to use ICTs for curriculum development and more impactful teaching; and the Samsung Smart School for Teachers is an important step in achieving this,” he said.

Kim pointed out that with the launch of the Samsung Smart School for Teachers at the Federal Government Boys College, teachers would receive training to empower them to access digital content, share it with students, monitor students’ progress and conduct assessments.

ITRealms recalls that the initiative is part of Samsung’s global efforts to use technology to increase the quantity of students who have access quality learning materials and facilities, as well as to improve the quality of education given out by tutors.

Representative of the newly appointed Federal Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan expressed her excitement about the impact this will have on education in Abuja. She recognized and applauded Samsung’s effort and contribution towards ICT development within the country.

“We are indeed grateful to Samsung for tapping into the goal of the ministry of education to train quality teachers. We encourage all beneficiaries of this project to take full ownership of the project and let the improved quality of teaching reflect in our students’ results” she said, urging stakeholders in the education sector to partner with the ministry of education to salvage the country’s educational system.
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Court of Appeal website still under spell of 01Team Hackers

The Lagos State Court of Appeal official website, hacked by a group of suspected Islamic sympathizers by the name 01Team is still under spell, 48 hours after the incident was proclaimed, reports ITRealms.

Investigations by ITRealms reveals that the Lagos State Court of Appeal official website may have been hacked at the same time the Lagos State government official website was attacked allegedly by same group in the early hours of Friday, December 18, 2015.

What this means, according to some industry watchers is that Lagos State government may be proactive in dealing with the situation which has since been restored, while the Lagos State Court of Appeal remained unreactive, an indication that even top management of Court of Appeal administration may not have direct access to the website or typical interest in what happens on the defacing of the institution online presence.

As at the time of filing this report, the Lagos State Court of Appeal website remained inaccessible with display of message directed to the Federal Government of Nigeria alongside the governments of United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, accusing them of abetting terrorism, despite their condemnation of the activities of Boko Haram and ISIS, which they described as core terrorists.

“Boko Haram and ISIS are terrorists, They are killing Muslims and innocent people because of your dirty money, Hey Nigeria Government you killed thousands of Muslims and specially Zakzaky's family too,You are all terrorists, You are all murders, GOD damn you! Allahu maulana wala mula lakum.”

Further preliminary investigations revealed that database of Court of Appeal website has been leaked to some three other entities include https://file.io/FCNbYO, which reads a 404 error page while the second one http://www.masiup.com/u1 is a suspected pseudo site hosting company, whereas the last on sends visitors to another pseudo file sharing service provider known as Wikisend.com.
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