Raid on APC Data Centre: DSS Alleges Building Used for Cloning of PVC Cards
After facing huge criticism over its raid on the data centre of Nigeria’s largest opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Lagos, the Department of State Security Service has alleged that the raid on the centre was as a result of evidence that the centre is being used by the opposition party to clone the permanent voters card (PVC), of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The DSS with over 50 of its officials on Saturday morning raided the centre located at No.10, Bola Ajbola street, Allen Avenue, arrested some members of staff of the centre and made away with some materials, after destroying others, the APC said.
But the spokeswoman of the service, Ms Marilyn Ogar, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday said the service raided the centre following a petition it received alleging “unwholesome activities’’ there.
“The petition alleged that those behind the activities were cloning INEC Permanent Voters Card with the intention of hacking into INEC data base, corrupting it and replacing them with their own data.
“Based on this information, the service placed the building under surveillance and having been convinced that some unwholesome activities were going on in the building, it undertook a raid of the premises.
“In the process, some persons were arrested, while a Server, three hard drive and 31 Ghana must go bags of hard copy document were recovered and taken away for further investigation’’, she said.
According to her, the said location had no sign post indicating whether it was a private or government office.
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