The Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command has been upgraded to improve the nation’s capability to fight rising cyber threats, including fake news, according to its top command.
Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Chief of Army Staff Nigerian Army, who dropped the hint today at the commissioning of the headquarters of the Army’s cyber warfare unit says it is a child of necessity created to address rising cyber threats the country faces.
According to the Army chief, the Nigerian Army Cyber Warfare Command Centre (NACWC) has played crucial but albeit silent roles since it was created in 2017 in addressing cyber threats.
On his part, President Muhammadu Buhari, who attended the event virtually commended, the foresight of the Nigerian Army in setting up the cyber warfare unit.
According to Buhari, the cyber warfare unit shows that the Nigerian Army is alive to the changing nature of warfare, which is moving towards the cyber domain.
The President who performed the virtual commissioning of the cyber warfare unit says it will fill existing gaps in Nigeria’s security architecture.
The upgraded Nigerian Army cyber warfare Command was set up to address cyberspace, the fifth realm of warfare apart from land, air, sea, and space, according to Army authorities.
NACWC has now been equipped with the best personel, systems, tools and software to take on the added roles of ensuring the security of critical internet infrastructure, fighting cyber terrorism and fake news, that affect the Army and Nigeria at large, according to the Nigerian Army.
The Nigerian Army cyber warefare Command played a key role in election monitoring last year where an Elections Monitoring and Security Situation Room was set up towards “safeguarding and strengthening Nigeria’s democracy.”
The facility provided “real-time security situational awareness regarding the electoral processes nationwide in order to be well-positioned to adequately respond, should the need arise”, according to the Army chief.
The Army says that digital cameras were mounted nationwide to monitor identified flash points to forestall any breach of peace.
“Also, additional cameras have been stationed strategically in all the states to monitor the elections and would provide unfettered opportunity to civil populace to send reports of security interest in their localities including any case of wrongdoing or unprofessional conduct on the part of troops deployed to secure and safeguard the electoral process”, the Army says.