Did The Nigerian Government Award $40 Million Contract To Israeli Company To Monitor Internet Communications?
The Nigerian government has allegedly awarded a $40 million contract to an Israeli firm, Elbit Systems to monitor Internet communications, according to the online investigative newspaper, Premium Times.
The newspaper reports that Elbit Systems announced the contract award on Wednesday in a global press release (found here), quoting the company’s General Manager, Yehuda Vered, stating that “Elbit Systems…was awarded an approximately $40 million contract to supply a country in Africa with the Wise Intelligence Technology (WiT) System for Intelligence Analysis and Cyber Defense.”
Citing multiple and reliable unnamed sources in President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, Premium Times reported that Nigeria was the unnamed African country that awarded Elbit Systems the contract.
According to the Isreal’s homeland security portal, WiT is a highly advanced end-to-end solution that supports every stage of the intelligence process, including the collection of the data from multiple sources, databases and sensors, processing of the information, supporting intelligence personnel in the analysis and evaluation of the information and disseminating the intelligence to the intended recipient.
WiT will be integrated with various data sources, including Elbit Systems’ Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) solution and Elbit Systems’ PC Surveillance Systems (PSS), an advanced solution for covert intelligence gathering, according to the portal.
Techloy can not categorically confirm if the reports by Premium Times are true at this time.