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Report: FG Plans to Acquire ‘Eavesdropping’ Satellites That Captures Things Like Voice Calls, Emails, To Name a Few. PIN Responds

According to a new report, the Federal Government of Nigeria intends to acquire two new satellites to add to the existing satellites — Nigeria Sat 1 and Nigeria Sat-X (Built exclusively by Nigerian scientists) — in the orbit.

Nigeria’s SAT-X

However, inside sources at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) via the Independent reported that one of the proposed satellites has eavesdropping capabilities. According to him, “The satellite can capture signals from all telecommunication installations in areas it is tasked to cover. What this means is that things like voice calls, video calls, e-mails can be captured.”

 
The intended move has made Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) push for a FOI (Freedom of Information) request on Nigeria’s Eavesdropping Satellites.

According to PIN’s Tolu Ogundipe:

… We call on the Federal Ministry of Communications to provide all the details involved in the building and launching of the two new satellites for the Nigerian government. As we have stated in the freedom of information request sent to the Ministry on February 2, 2017, the scaling up of the number of satellites in space may be noble but in order to ensure that this is done with utmost regard to digital rights of every Nigerian, every stakeholder, including the Ministry, must all act as watchdogs for our digital rights.” She continued, “Even though there have been insinuations that these satellites are capable of eavesdropping on the communications of most Nigerian citizens when finally launched, we believe that the Ministry understands this to be an erosion on the fundamental human rights guaranteed by Section 37 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

On the flip side, Nigeria’s satellite project is supposed to help with security, delineating electoral constituency, agriculture, climate change, mitigation of disaster and environmental monitoring.
H/T: Independent

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11 comments on “Report: FG Plans to Acquire ‘Eavesdropping’ Satellites That Captures Things Like Voice Calls, Emails, To Name a Few. PIN Responds

  1. Henry says:

    Intense! Perhaps Nigeria wants to advanceadvancein tech… While the economy is still bad… Nice article!
    From techviola

  2. pWilliams says:

    One thing that makes me laugh a about Nigerians especially those in power, is there lack of common sense…..Our economy is in recession and the only they could come with is to make a satellite…..Who satellite don EPP?

    1. Kaybang says:

      😕😕… 4 real?

      1. Kemi Oguntayo says:

        Williams. Satellite Don epp a lot of people

  3. KingAbsolute says:

    How does this thing come in play with our current situation? Our government is clueless, and they’re not even ashamed of it.
    Acquire eavesdropping satellite with the money they claim its not available and for Boko Haram they claimed they conquered.
    Before you attack anyone here, check how much a SAT cost.

  4. Victor Molokwu says:

    The PMB led fg is a failure. ….
    Square pegs in round holes, instead of delivering real governance to Nigerians, they are busy basking in paranoia.
    I never voted for Pmb.. .i forsaw all of these

  5. Rotimi Popoola says:

    Hmmmn eavesdropping kai

  6. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    … WELL, AM REALLY SURPRISED AT THE COMMENTS AM READING HERE. THAT THE ECONOMY IS NOT IN GOOD SHAPE DOESN’T MEAN THAT NO OTHER PROJECT MUST GO ON. INVESTING IN TELECOMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY IS PART OF GROWING THE ECONOMY. HAVING A SATELLITE 📡 ISN’T A BAD THING. ITS BETTER INTELLIGENCE THAT THE SO CALLED MOST POWERFUL NATIONS OF THE WORLD HAVE AT THEIR DISPOSAL. I THINK SOME OF US HAVE TO KNOW HOW GOVERNMENT OPERATES.
    WELL, EAVESDROPPING OR NOT, THEIR IS NO ABSOLUTE SECURITY WHEN YOU’RE CONNECTED…

    1. Kemi Oguntayo says:

      My thoughts exactly

      1. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

        …WELL,YOU ARE ON POINT MA’AM…

    2. Emerson says:

      and the first thing the most powerful countries did back in their time was to acquire an eavesdropping satellite? its a good thing for our country to want to advance in tech but i believe they are more pressing issues on hand

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