The National Cybercrime Centre of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF-NCCC) says it has become necessary to inform Nigerians of the gimmicks by some criminal elements spreading false news about 5G network services across the country.
We reported that the security agency was reacting to some piece of information being circulated via social media platforms, warning the public about the dangers of 5G network services.
In a statement, however, handed to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the viral information which purportedly claimed to emanate from the NPF-NCCC, informing the public of the commencement and warning of possible breaches in the migration protocols to the 5G network services was nothing but a farce.
According to him, the viral content was a ploy by subversive elements to prepare the ground for likely phishing and cyber-attacks. He said the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and the Director in charge of the NPF-NCCC, Henry Uche, have respectively frowned at the piece of information and dissociated the centre from the message.
Uche reiterated that the message did not emanate from NPF-NCCC and urged the public to be wary of it, adding that it was likely the handiwork of cyber-criminals. He explained that criminals were taking advantage of the moment to set the grounds to fleece innocent and unsuspecting citizens of their monies or to steal their identities.
The director, therefore, urges the public to discountenance the broadcast message and cease its sharing as it was deceptive and misleading. He said the genuine guidelines on the roll-out and migration to the 5G network would be made available in due time.
Uche said it would be done on the authorized websites and verified social media handles of the NPF-NCCC, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Telecom Companies and other communication service providers.