POLICE WARNS NIGERIANS: DISOBEY WHATSAPP MESSAGE ON 5G MIGRATION, ‘MESSAGE DID NOT EMANATE FROM US’
Published by Streetwise Media
The cybercrime unit of Nigeria Police has warned Nigerians to disregard WhatsApp messages allegedly coming from it about 5G migration. The unit indicated that it is a ploy for phishing and cyberattacks which may be hazardous to unsuspecting Nigerians.
The press statement made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers, NAOSNP by the Force PRO, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi reads: ‘The Nigeria Police Force National Cybercrime Centre (NPF-NCCC) hereby warns members of the public and strategic stakeholders in national security matters to be wary of a suspected ploy by subversive elements to prepare the ground for likely phishing and cyber-attacks through the deliberate publication and dissemination of a WhatsApp message, currently in circulation, purportedly from the Cybercrime Department of the Nigeria Police Force informing the general public of the commencement and warning of possible breaches in the migration protocols to the 5G network services.’
’The Director in charge of the NPF-NCCC, DCP Uche Ifeanyi Henry, has noted that the message did not emanate from the Nigeria Police Force National Cybercrime Centre and therefore warns the general public to be wary as it is likely the handiwork of cyber criminals setting the grounds to fleece innocent and unsuspecting members of the public of their monies or to steal their identities. The general public is hereby advised to discountenance the broadcast message and cease sharing such, as it is deceptive and misleading.’
NAOSNP gathered that the public will be properly informed through Nigeria Police official channels and popular news platforms when the 5G migration will happen. ‘Genuine guidelines on the roll-out and migration to the 5G network will be available in due time on authorized websites and verified social media handles of the NPF-NCCC, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Telecom Companies, and other communication service providers.