Saturday, 14 October 2017
Synopsis: This essay is a comprehensive analysis of issues surrounding the disputed proscription, categorization of IPOB as a terrorist organization and the military blitzkrieg codenamed - Operation Python Dance II (Egwu Eke) which was launched in southeast Nigeria on September 15, 2017 by the Nigerian military. As the military operation comes to an end today October 14, 2017, this essay argues that proscribing, censoring IPOB and using the military to rein in Biafra agitators, is tantamount to treating the symptom of an ‘ailment’ hence will not extinguish the recurring, fervent and resilient Biafra Spirit.
Armed men on Friday kidnapped an Italian Catholic priest in Benin City, Edo State, South-south Nigeria.
Monday, 9 October 2017
The United States of America designates every October as ‘’National Cyber Security Awareness Month’’ (NCAM). Initiated in 2004, the National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a collaboration between government —the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — and private industry — the National Cyber Security Alliance, and other partners. The National Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity (safeguarding digital information) and to increase resiliency in the event of an incident. The United States President, Mr. Donald J. Trump proclaimed the October 2017 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month a while ago at the White House. The National Cybersecurity Awareness Month campaign is now a global call to action. Canada, Europe and other countries have joined the fray. Africa, nay, Nigeria must take a cue.
About seven million UK residents are registered on dating sites, and around one in three relationships in the UK now start online.
Prince Emmanuel Kanu, the younger brother of the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has alleged that soldiers have again invaded their Afaraukwu Umuahia family home and carted away some household items.
A British teenager has admitted trying to hack into the computers of senior US government officials, including the director of the CIA and the deputy director of the FBI.
The US military drone fleet has reportedly been infected with a computer virus which keeps returning despite efforts to remove it.
Sunday, 8 October 2017
Tribune Newspaper reports that the monkeypox viral disease has spread to Rivers and Akwa Ibom states even as the authorities in Bayelsa state battle to contain it five days after the outbreak.
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Physical Security: Bag Checks Likely To Become The New Normal At Hotels Aftermath of Las Vegas Shooting
Sequel to the Las Vegas shooting where a lone gunman killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 others, many are wondering if hotels will change their security policies and procedures.
One area of concern is if hotels will begin implementing bag checks because gunman Stephen Paddock was able to smuggle 23 firearms, along with other equipment, into his suite at Mandalay Bay to carry out Sunday’s massacre.
The Wynn resort in Las Vegas—located on the opposite end of the Vegas Strip from the Mandalay Bay resort—introduced security guards on Monday afternoon to screen visitors with metal-detector wands. It also implemented a bag check, which created a 10-minute wait to get inside the facility.
This is unlikely to become the new normal for hotel security in the near future, however, says Russell Kolins, CEO of the Kolins Security Group and chair of the ASIS International Hospitality, Entertainment, and Tourism Security council.
“Hotels are in the business of selling privacy—they’re offering hospitality and selling privacy,” Kolins explains, adding that hotels would likely start to lose business if they began checking bags—especially in locations like Las Vegas.
“In Vegas especially, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” Kolins says. “People bring items they don’t want other people to see.”
At airports, travelers are subject to bag searches—as well as body scans—because they are a different kind of target than a hotel. Travelers also have no expectation of privacy while on a plane, except for in the bathroom, unlike in a hotel where travelers expect privacy within their room, Kolins says.
One policy that might need to be revisited following the shooting, however, is how hotels handle checking rooms that have a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.
Paddock checked into the Mandalay Bay on Thursday and kept a “Do Not Disturb” sign on his hotel door throughout his stay. This meant hotel cleaning staff did not enter his room, according to a hotel worker who spoke to The New York Times, because housekeeping is only allowed to enter a room with such a sign on it if a security guard is present.
Requiring a security guard be present to enter rooms with privacy signs is the right move, Kolins says, but hotels should consider changing their policies to require room checks every other day.
“That’s an arbitrary period of time, but I think a policy should be instilled to at least check on the rooms,” Kolins says, adding that hotels would have to make patrons aware of the policy. But such a policy could, potentially, prevent an individual from using a hotel room for an extended period of time to plot a criminal act.
Kolins leads a team of court-certified security experts at his firm. He says he thinks it’s unlikely that Mandalay Bay will be sued for negligence for the shooting because to sue for negligence, plaintiffs must be able to show foreseeability.
“This is unprecedented—nothing like this has ever happened,” Kolins explains. “If something happens the first time, it’s not foreseeable.”
Now that such an attack has happened, though, if a similar attack happens plaintiffs could potentially bring a lawsuit saying it was foreseeable. In response, Kolins says he expects the hotel security industry to begin having seminars and tabletop meetings to determine how they would handle a similar case.
“I think what this has done is show that the slogan ‘expect the unexpected’ is again proven to be true,” Kolins says. “It wasn’t foreseeable because it was unprecedented.”
Culled from: ASIS International
As the Nigerian military mobilizes to commence Operation Crocodile Smile II in the Niger Delta region, the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers, RNDA, Wednesday, warned the Federal Government not to take the ceasefire agreement reached with militants in 2016 and the temporary suspension of the two -week ultimatum by the militant group for granted.
Friday, 29 September 2017
Boko Haram: 2,295 Teachers Killed, Many Schools Shut, 3 Million Children Need Emergency Education Support in NE Nigeria - UNICEF
Communication And Social Media Surveillance: Facebook, Google, Others Confirm Nigeria Requested User Information
A new report has confirmed what many Nigerians have long suspected to be true: that the federal government is spying on its citizens through the social media and email accounts.
THE Nigerian Senate yesterday September 28, 2017, passed into law the kidnapping, abduction bill, specifying a 30-year jail term for anyone caught colluding with an abductor to receive ransom for any person wrongfully confined.
IPOB: United States Slams Buhari Over Penchant For Military Option in Resolving Conflicts in Nigeria
The United States (U.S.) yesterday urged the Nigerian government to look beyond a military option in resolving internal conflicts in Nigeria.