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Nigeria defends Israel spying contract

17 June 2013, 16:22

Lagos- Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, defended the multimillion-dollar internet spying contract it awarded an Israel security firm.

Maku said the $40 million contract won by Elbit System was in the best interest of the country.

Maku argued such security measures were the norm international and Nigeria would not be an exception.

“Everywhere in the world, e-mails are seen by government. Even, the world superpower, America, spies on citizens’ mails to checkmate the activities of unscrupulous elements capable of threatening its internal security," Maku said during a forum in Lagos.

He added, “There’s no government all over the world that is uninterested in what comes in and goes out of its territorial boundaries.”

Maku is the first government official to confirm the existence of the contract.

Members of opposition political parties and the media in the country have previously expressed outrage at the contract arguing spying was an intrusion to people's privacy.

 - CAJ News


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