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Saturday, 30 April 2016

IG warns against illegal sealing of base stations

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, has warned against the illegal sealing of telecommunications masts and base transceiver stations, saying perpetrators of the act will be prosecuted in line with the Cyber Crime (Prohibition and Prevention) Act, 2015.
He also cautioned police formations to desist from being used in the illegal sealing of base stations, describing them as critical national infrastructure which must be protected from damage and vandalism.
The IG said this on Friday in Abuja at a workshop on the Cyber Crime Act, 2015 and the Criminal Justice Provisions Act Cap. C39, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, organised by the police and IHS Nigeria Limited.
The police boss said the workshop was meant to sensitise the public and police officers on the illegal sealing of telecommunications masts and to create synergy between the Nigeria Police Force and IHS Security Network.
He said, “This workshop is meant to achieve the following: direct all police formations to desist from being used in the illegal sealing of telecommunications masts and base stations, timely assist or intervene in the re-opening of telecoms masts which are sealed illegally, prosecute any individual or corporate body that violates the provisions in the Act in respect of illegal sealing of telecoms mast/BTS and create synergy between the police and IHS security network that will help to provide protection for telecoms masts.”
The IG observed that telecoms infrastructure is now more critical and vital to the socio-economic wellbeing of the nation, noting that as the society becomes more dependent on cyberspace, it is increasingly subjected to malicious attacks.
He stated that telecoms base stations in the country have suffered illegal sealing and shutdowns and in some cases get damaged, thereby hindering free flow of information.
“It is therefore important to state that even though the protection of critical national infrastructure is a national responsibility, the role of public-private partnership is vital to the success of any effort to increase security,” Arase said, stressing that the effective protection of such infrastructure required collaborative and coordinated actions on the part of everyone.
The Assistant Inspector-General, Information and Communication Technology, Danladi Mshebwala, described those sealing or vandalising base stations as miscreants, who were ignorant of the legal implications of their actions.
He explained that operations and legal officers in all commands and police formations nationwide were selected for the workshop to ensure the implementation of the outcomes at the grass roots.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Prosecution), Simon Lough, said it was an offence to seal any BTS without a court order.







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