Jonathan Awards $40million Contract To Israeli Company To Monitor Computer, Internet Communication Of Nigerians-PREMIUM TIMES

President Goodluck Jonathan
By Ogala Emmanuel

Here is a very important information from PREMIUM TIMES for the 47 million Nigerian Internet users. Big Brother, in the form of the Jonathan administration, is watching you, and your communication is no longer safe.

It is one of the most far-reaching policies ever designed in Nigeria’s history to invade the privacy of citizens.

The Jonathan administration secretly, and in open violation of lawful contracting procedures, has awarded an Israeli firm, Elbit Systems, with headquarters in Haifa, a $40million contract to help it spy on citizens’ computers and Internet communications under the guise of intelligence gathering and national security.

Elbit announced the contract award Wednesday in a global press release but was silent on the Nigerian destination of the contract. Its general manager, Yehuda Vered, opaquely announced that “Elbit Systems will supply its Wise Intelligence Technology (WiT) system to an unnamed country in Africa under a new $40 million contract announced on 24 April… for Intelligence Analysis and Cyber Defense,” but effusively claimed, in the statement, that his company is “proud to be selected to supply this unique system, which is already field-proven, fully operational and customisable.

“Elbit Systems is a world leader in the fields of intelligence analysis and cyber defense, with proven solutions highly suitable for countries, armies and critical infrastructure sites. We hope that additional customers will follow in selecting our highly advanced and cutting edge systems in these fields as their preferred solution,” Mr. Vered added.

Multiple and very reliable sources in the administration confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Nigeria is indeed the “unnamed African country,” and with details from the Elbit statement, our sources say the contract will now help the Jonathan administration access all computers and read all email correspondences of citizens in what is clearly, an infringement on constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression.

No single policy of this administration has so far affected, in one fell swoop, the lives of 47 million citizens, a third of the Nigerian population and about four times the number of voters who brought the president to power two years ago.

Nigerian netizens, the horde of active citizens that use the computer and Internet, are the 10th in a global ranking that make them 27 per cent of Africa’s total Internet users, far ahead of Egypt [19th global ranking] and South Africa [37th in global ranking].
The growth path of the Internet in Nigeria has also been dramatic, rising from a mere 200,000 Internet users in 2002 to 47 million this year, according to data from the Global Internet user, one of the Internet audit groups.

This development has not always gladdened public officials in Nigeria many who have expressed open displeasure at the use of the Internet by social media activists and the power of its possibilities as an empowering medium for popular communication. The calls for regulation have been loud in both the administration and in the Nigerian legislature.

The earliest hint that the Jonathan administration had desires to invade privacy of citizens surfaced ealy April when researchers at the Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto alerted the world that Nigeria, Egypt, and Kenya were deploying Internet surveillance and censorship technology developed by an American company, Blue Coat, which specializes in online security. Blue Coat’s technology will allow the government to invade the privacy of journalists, netizens and their sources. Its censorship devices use Deep Packet Inspection, DPI, a technology employed by many western Internet Service Providers, to manage network traffic and suppress unwanted connections.

Civic groups kick against DPI because, they say, it makes it possible for censors to look into every single Internet Protocol packet and subject it to special treatment based on content (censored or banned words) or type (email, VoIP or BitTorrent Protocol).

DPI not only threatens the principle of Net Neutrality and the privacy of users, civic groups say, it makes single users identifiable and, in countries that flout the rule of law and violate human rights, often exposes them to arbitrary imprisonment, violence or even torture.

While details on the Blue Coat contract appears to have managed to evade scrutiny up till this point, PREMIUM TIMES sources say the Elbit annunciation of the contract, opaque as it was, terribly rattled top administration officials – from the presidency to the National Security Adviser’s Office, and the National Assembly.

“The presidency had wanted this contract to be a top secret,” said one of our sources. “The presidency did not envisage that Elbit was going to make it public. Monitoring computers and Internet use is a contentious issue and the National Security Adviser had tried to keep the contract secret.”

Elbit says it will take it two years to complete the project, by which time it claimed, the administration will have “a highly advanced end-to-end solution, [to] supports every stage of the intelligence process, including the collection of the data from multiple sources, databases and sensors, processing of the information, supporting intelligence personnel in the analysis and evaluation of the information and disseminating the intelligence to the intended recipient…[that] will be integrated with various data sources, including Elbit Systems’ Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) solution and Elbit Systems’ PC Surveillance Systems (PSS), an advance solution for covert intelligence gathering.”

The administration had indicated in the 2013 budget that it would procure a Wise Intelligence Network Harvest Analyzer System, Open Source Internet Monitoring System and Personal Internet Surveillance System at a cost of N9.496 Billion ($61.26 million).

Now that the contract has been awarded to Elbit for about  $40million, it is unclear if the National Assembly will raise questions as to what becomes of the extra $21million earmarked for the project.

Investigations indicate that in awarding the contract to the Israeli firm, no tenders or calls for bids were made just as there were no public announcements. The contract was awarded following a proposal from a single vendor who dictated the contract sum and the terms of the contract.

The procedure for public procurement of services as stipulated by the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), the Nigerian agency charged with the duty of ensuring transparency in all matters concerning government contracts, were largely ignored. In addition, there are no public records indicating that the BPP approved this contract.

The manner of award directly contravenes the 2007 Public Procurement Act. While the Act gives room for single source contracts, the Elbit contract met none of the requirements under which such special contracts could be awarded.

Section 47 (3) (iii) of the 2007 Act stipulates that single source contracts are to be awarded in emergency situations such as “natural disasters or a financial crisis”.

Presidential spokespersons, Reuben Abati, and Doyin Okupe were not available for comments Wednesday.  They didn’t answer or return calls seeking comments.

Calls to Elbit’s headquarters in Haifa, Israel, were also unanswered.

Shari Clarkson, a spokesperson at the company’s subsidiary in the United States declined comments on the contract saying only Dalia Rosen, a spokesperson based in Israel, could comment. Rosen’s phone was unanswered.

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Good post. I am going through some of these issues as well..

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Good News

I think we should start by saying we are setting our first step to technology,Good Job Jonah,I have read comments on this issue and I think most people are not well informed,the Americans,Israelis,the British, and so many other developed countries use this technology to safe guard their country,it is just that it has happened when we are not ripe for it, but I think it will drive our actions to employ technology in all we do.In Nigeria crimes are committed without the security outfits finding perpetrators.Political killings,armed robbery,kidnapping and all sorts of crimes. we don't have a database of our citizens, even the police force can not identify their officers remotely,its a shame.Now that we have, we can start thinking of building such massive database.This will change the face of our country, because even the man on the streets is even more corrupt, than the politicians.the fact is if you have nothing to hide,then you have nothing to worry about.

BLAME MUHAMMADANISM FOR HEIGHTENED INSECURITY

The spate of bombings,assassinations and threats to burn down the world by jihadists have caused countries to consider various security measures. Checks at border crossings, shopping malls, conference halls and even schools have been stepped up to meet the ever changing sophistication and complex nature of security challenges in the world. Sophisticated means of monitoring communication by terrorists have yielded positive results. Still the problem is far from scratching the surface. Given her level of intelligence gathering, there is no information on Nigeria which Israel does not or cannot have without this contract.
National security is an expensive business and the money invested in it can be spent on social programmes. But one has to be alive first of all to enjoy any such social programme. The alternative to financing national security is to do nothing and be swarmed by destruction. BLAME MUHAMMADANISM.

@Militant Shut up

I am sure that freedom is not about blowing up churches, killing innocent citizens or the members of the security services for your religion.

A Dead Rat

Mr Jonathan can not do more than a dead rat.

Let him gather all the informations he wants, in the end, he is going to chew, eat and swallow same.

britain aided nigeria in the

britain aided nigeria in the biafran war for these same reason.... they gave you their language and religion to make it easier for them to perpetuate this. it is insane to blame or attribute everything to god. politicians have also conveniently propagated this god idea for the state of our country saying god will change things for the better when he wants to. do you think that god is happy that people are dying from poverty and he is able to help but can't at the moment or doesn't want to? every man or country's future is in their hands and stop calling god for everything. nigerians just have to learn to make a complete statement without invoking god at every full stop or coma.

God, god everything God. who

God, god everything God. who told you that god brought us together.... you have been politically, economically, historically and religiously colonized. the british brought us together for economic reason to keep raw materials flowing and to have a huge unfragmented market. nigeria was a piece of land owned by the royal niger company and bought by the british government for the above reason....

For your information!!!

For your information!!! Sahara Reporters, Premium Times, Leadership Newspaper are all Northern Vanguards and are Sponsored by Powerful Politicians from the North to tarnish the image of Jonathan's Administration.
I'm not a fan of GEJ but i wont let anyone manipulate me. So, fellow countrymen, beware. Always analyse what you read from them.

INTERESTING PRIORITY

So this is what Jonah and his crew consider important right now?

It would be interesting to find out what Rueben Abati REALLY thinks about this.

Re

@Tundemash, i don't in any way deserve the insults which you showered on me. I simply put up more information for us to know that Sahara reporters just added extra pepper to the story. I maintain that the $40million Contract To Israeli Company is NOT TO Monitor Computer, Internet Communication Of Nigerians as was reported. This in my point. Just compare the trport by reuters ans that of Premium times!
I'm not absolving the FG of the fact that Nigerians are getting less than they deserve. I'm just addressing the issue at hand. I have a lot more information on this issue, but this is not the place to discuss it. Let's not forget that we all have the right to our personal opinions! So, i don't deserve to be insulted in ay way! I suggest you also find out what cyber defence isall about. They mentioned sensors as well. Which sensors and what are they meant for? I even gave a hint of what the deal is all about.I'm not in any way a monron!
God bless!

Ozuo!

Yes, the same way your NUJ write rubbish in papers everyday, your inept NMA kill people and cannot treat common ailments, your NBA 'dispense' justice. Nigeria's security should be handled by your Nigerian Computer Association? Are you a learner?!

Time 4 SS&SE spring is NOW!..Time 2 control our resources is NOW

see myopic thinking.......

After breaking away, you will find out that your problem is really not resource control but the self that has eaten deep into your hearts that you think without oil other geopolitical zones will not survive. Besides before the discovery of oil, Nigeria survived without in time past and by the way.....

And it will after........

Have you cared to sit and ask yourself why God brought this Nigeria into existence and His plan for the entire country?.....

Make una no dey fall my hands i beg.....

Do not lose sleep, ye Nigerians!

To be candid, there is nothing hidden in Cyberspace! Common emails are read by ISPs or email service providers! For example, Google even sends its customers monthly returns on their use of their email services, including the number of emails sent, number of emails received, dates, minutes and hours spent! Jonathan just wants to spend the nation's money for nothing! This same Jonathan has said that he knew all the Boko Haram sympathisers, some of whom work in the presidency! Has Jonathan done anything to checkmate them? Nope, rather he gives strategic posts to those Islamists and Boko Haram members! So what use would Jonathan make of the info he would get from this Israeli company? Nothing! Rather he would only use it to intimidate political opponents, to kowtow! That's all! For national security? Nope! America has even more info on our national security than the SSS, police, military combined! Just ask the US and they will give you everything free of charge! Waste of money by Jonathan!

Intelligence gathering is not

Intelligence gathering is not a bad idea if we must deal with security challenges that face us. It is done in almost all serious countries that safeguard their citizens. Instead our concern should be how to make sure the information is used responsively in the interest of Nigeria, not just for the interest of the President and the ruling class. There must be rules on how to use information gathered, the violation of which they should be made to face sanctions.

Olodo

Olodo!
are u frm Kenya? Don't u knw that in Naija this will target journalist & political opponents? if u r a fool Nigerains are not, period!

Shut Up!

Shut up! you black Jew!
Do you know what freedom is all about?

Time 4 SS&SE spring is NOW!..Time 2 control our resources is NOW

Research Based on Official Census figures
Republic of the S.South(Niger Delta)
S/N STATE POPULATION
1. Rivers = 5,198,716
2. Delta = 4,112,445
3. A.Ibom = 3,902,051
4. Edo = 3,233,366
5. Cross R.= 2,882,988
6. Bayelsa = 1,704,515
==========
Total 21,034,081

Some other countries of world..
S/N Country Population
1 Holland 16,609,518
2 Sweden 9,366,092
3 Austria 8,372,930
4 Switzrland 7,782,900
5 Israel 7,602,400
6 Libya 6,546,000
7 Denmark 5,540,241
8 Finland 5,366,100
9 Norway 4,896,700
10 UAE 4,707,000
11 Ireland 4,459,300
12 Kuwait 3,051,000
13 Cyprus 801,851
14 Malta 416,333

Wow!!!!My dear SS&SE peoples, it is time to break away & control our resources. We have more than the population to do it. Good weather, rainfall 12 months of the yr, smart people,etc. See, Norway is only 4m & Holland only 16m people. Long live the United SS&SE

Time 4 SS&SE spring is NOW!..Time 2 control our resources is NOW

Research Based on Official Census figures
Republic of the S.South(Niger Delta)
S/N STATE POPULATION
1. Rivers State= 5,198,716
2. Delta State = 4,112,445
3. A.Ibom State= 3,902,051
4. Edo State = 3,233,366
5. Cross R. = 2,882,988
6. Bayelsa = 1,704,515
==========
Total 21,034,081

Some other countries of world..

S/N Country Population
1 Holland 16,609,518
2 Sweden 9,366,092
3 Austria 8,372,930
4 Switzrland 7,782,900
5 Israel 7,602,400
6 Libya 6,546,000
7 Denmark 5,540,241
8 Finland 5,366,100
9 Norway 4,896,700
10 UAE 4,707,000
11 Ireland 4,459,300
12 Kuwait 3,051,000
13 Cyprus 801,851
14 Malta 416,333

My dear SS&SE peoples, it is time to break away & control our resources. We have more than the population to do it. Just see, Norway is only 4m & Holland only 16m people. Long live the United SS&SE

soying on cyber

President, its you that monitors today, as you stoop down to look at other peoples flank, just behind you someone is also interested in yours, if its true that you want to monitor cyber link of Nigerians, I REALLY PITY THE SCAMMERs, ITS LIKE THEIR CUP IS FULL!

Unpatriotic patriot

It is a pity that that writer who called himself a patriot is not a patriot, he does not even know the meaning of a patroit. The simple explanation Premium Times and Saharareporters made was not understood by you. You are not a true Nigerian. The administration that could not provide jobs or enabling environment for the teeming unemployed youths in this country, the regime that could not find solution to the falling standard of education, that could address the problem of maternal and child mortality, insecurity, inflation and much more, is spending multi-million Dollars to monitor what Nigerians are saying, while its does not have answers to the ones it sees everyday. Thousands of people have been arrested for violence and other vices, many more have been identified as sponsors of violent groups, yet the administration could do nothing to them, but it is the harmless and armless Nigerians.

If this is not madness then

If this is not madness then tell me what it is biko? Already every information on bloggers are on d web-the entire social media is a global spy network-the USA has information on every-human who strays into cyber space-so what is the meaning of these useless story? Besides what is Jonathant going to achieve by spying on people who make comments on tweeters or any of the social networks? I have often stated that most of the media on d web don't even have an editorial policy, not to talk of hiring well trained journalist armed with very sound editorial judgement-work 4 dem-This is pure speculative journalism-Some individuals don't go on d web cause they know big brother -the USA is watching over them-so why should the mischief makers from d south east in PT attempt to malign Jonah for Amaechi, buhari, tinubu and their fake APC outfit? Animals

Good Job

I think GEJ is innovative. America has central Information center monitoring global communication. This is nothing wrong in what the President has done.Good project keep it up GEJ.

THIS IS GOOD NEWS

ITS A GOOD THING THAT NIGERIA IS INTO DEFENCE CONTRACT WITH ISRAEL THEY HAVE MORE EXPERIENCE IN THING TERRORISM, DRONE SURVEILLANCE AND IT WILL HELP REDUCE THE NUMBER OF TROUPE CASUALTIES THE AREA OF FIGHT IN THE WAR AGAINST ISLAMIC TERRORIST. GOD BLESS NIGERIA, GOD BLESS ISRAEL.

OIL MINISTER IN 58.9 TRILLION NAIRA OIL BLOCK FRAUD

HOST COMMUNITIES IN PROTEST OVER OIL MINISTERS 58.9 "TRILLION NAIRA" FRAUD.
http:www.ngrguardiannews.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1199

@Patriot: Re: Liars

The link you pasted said "(Reuters) - Israeli defence electronics firm Elbit Systems said on Wednesday it won a $40 million contract to supply intelligence analysis and cyber defence systems to an African country over the next two years.

So how is Sahara and Premium wrong? What is the meaning of cyber ? You just made a fool of yourself moron !

If Sahara is a romour monger ... how come you are reading rumours ? What happened to your NTA, ThisDay and Tribune ? Olodo !

Bros carry on, we dey ur back..

Bros carry on, we dey ur back.The next assignment now, na to acquire satellite wey e go dey monitor us right in our bedrooms. No be so my fellow country men and women? Make sure say the satellite too go monitor bribe takers and corrupt public servants and all politicians as well.

Liars

Fellow Nigerians, no need to lose sleep. Sahara reporters and their brothers at Premium times are banana journalists. Once again they are trying to change the true story. Check the news here as was originally reported. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/24/elbit-africa-idUSL6N0DB1FP2013...
This is a defence contract. Again, here's the link to the company's website http://www.elbitsystems.com/elbitmain/. The contract has to do with the supply of drones and a safe information collation system and general cyber attack defence system.
These two media outlets are rumour mongers. All their reports are always targeted against the government. So, please never rush to judgement whenever you read any report from them. Better yet, don't bother reading them!
God bless Nigeria!

Fellow Nigerians, no need to

Fellow Nigerians, no need to lose sleep. Sahara reporters and their brothers at Premium times are banana journalists. Once again they are trying to change the true story. Check the news here as was originally reported. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/24/elbit-africa-idUSL6N0DB1FP2013...
This is a defence contract. Again, here's the link to the company's website http://www.elbitsystems.com/elbitmain/. The contract has to do with the supply of drones and a safe information collation system and general cyber attack defence system.
These two media outlets are rumour mongers. All their reports are always targeted against the government. So, please never rush to judgement whenever you read any repoert from them. Better yet, don't bother reading them!
God bless Nigeria!

You should be afraid if you have something to hide.

I find it rather difficult to understand why we are all crying for the use of intelligence gathering to boost security in Nigeria and some people are against this laudable project by Jonathan. I live in North America and this is done here for security purposes, not just the internet communication is monitored but even our telephone communication.You must be afraid if you are one of those terrorizing Nigeria and into any shady deal. I am a very strong critique of the Jonathan administration but there is absolutely nothing wrong with this so long as is for security purposes.

You should be afraid if you have something to hide.

I find it rather difficult to understand why we are all crying for the use of intelligence gathering to boost security in Nigeria and some people are against this laudable project by Jonathan. I live in North America and this is done here for security purposes, not just the internet communication is monitored but even our telephone communication.You must be afraid if you are one of those terrorizing Nigeria and into any shady deal. I am a very strong critique of the Jonathan administration but there is absolutely nothing wrong with this so long as is for security purposes.

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