The Nigerian Police National Cybercrime Center (NPF-NCCC) has warned of cyberattacks as people migrate to the 5G network.
Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Public Relations Officer for the Armed Forces (PRO), said in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement came in response to a viral Whatsapp post warning Nigerians of a potential breach in migrating to 5G network service.
According to Ifeanyi Henry, director of NPF-NCCC, Adejobi said the public is advised to ignore the post as it is misleading and sets the stage for likely cyberattacks.
“The National Cybercrime Center of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF-NCCC) hereby warns members of the public and strategic stakeholders on national security matters to beware of an alleged ploy by subversive elements to clear the ground for likely phishing and cyber attacks “Publication and dissemination of a WhatsApp message currently in circulation, allegedly by the Cybercrime Unit of the Nigerian Police, informing the general public of the start and warning of possible violations of the migration protocols to the 5G network services,” the publication and distribution of a WhatsApp message currently in circulation it in the statement.
“The Director in charge of the NPF-NCCC, DCP Uche Ifeanyi Henry, has determined that the message did not originate from the Nigerian Police Department’s National Cybercrime Center and is therefore warning the general public to exercise caution as it is likely to be the plant of cyber criminals is the creation of grounds to rob innocent and unsuspecting members of the public of their funds or steal their identities.
“The general public is hereby advised to ignore the message being sent and not to redistribute it as it is deceptive and misleading.
“Real guidelines on 5G network deployment and migration will be available in due course on authorized websites and verified social media handles of NPF-NCCC, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), telcos and other communications service providers. ”
in the December 2021After bidding rounds, Mafab and MTN Nigeria were the two successful winners of the 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum auction for the deployment of 5G technology in Nigeria.
in August 2022, This was announced by MTN Nigeria that it had launched an open 5G pilot project in seven cities before commercial launch.
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