The website of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) suffered a cyber attack on Friday by some unknown group for not arresting the individuals allegedly involved in fuel subsidy scams.
A spokesman from the Commission confirmed the attack following a hoax press release announcing that Mike Adenuga Jnr, Chairman of Conoil and Globacom and several others alleged to have been involved in fuel subsidy scam have been arrested.
The statement allegedly posted by the hackers on the EFCC website reads:
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has detained Managing Director of CONOIL, Mike Adenuga, Managing Director of African Petroleum, Femi Otedola, Managing Director of MRS, Sayyu Dantata and others; as well as officials of the PPPRA and NNPC who defrauded the nation to the tune of several billions of Naira.
Twenty-one (21) executive directors have been detained in all and at the moment been interrogated over fresh information that they allegedly stole fuel subsidy funds. More information will be released later.”
According to the Acting Head of EFCC, Wilson Uwajiren, the purported press release was the handiwork of hackers that embarrassed EFCC with the hoax ‘press release’ posted on the agency’s website.
Although no hacker group has claimed responsibility for the attack on the EFCC website, NaijaCyberHactivists said it had earlier given the EFCC an ultimatum to make a pronouncement on actions to be taken to prosecute individuals alleged to be involved in fuel subsidy scams.
The Commission’s failure to do so by 10am (GMT +1) on Friday, January 13 would result in an attack on its website, according to the hacker group.
“Our Cyber Assault against EFCC begins today at exactly 10am if nothing is said about prosecuting the cabals/PPPRA/NNPC officials involved!”, said @NaijaCyberHack on Twitter.
But NaijaCyberHactivists has denied their involvement in the attacks saying that it was not responsible for the attack. In a Twitter update, the group said:
“Please disregard news saying we hacked EFCC. EFCC needs to explain to Nigerians how/why the “Arrest News” disappeared from their site!”
Still, it is not certain which of these parties is telling the truth.
Last week, the group defaced the website of the Federal Ministry of Transport as well as two Nigerian government websites back in May 2011 and the website of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in October 2011.