Anonymous: Hacker Group Targets Nigerian Government’s Websites In Support Of #EndSARS

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Famous hacker collective Anonymous has claimed responsibility for making “multiple” Nigerian Government websites inaccessible on Thursday October 15 as protests against police brutality in country continue.

“Anonymous hacks multiple government websites in solidarity with #EndSARS protestors and retribution for violence by police,” the group known for trolling public figures around the world wrote on Twitter late Wednesday.

The group created a separate new account for its Nigerian operations on October 12, telling the government to “expect us”. The handle which is temporarily restricted by Twitter had shared a pastern document that seemed to contain confidential information on police personnel.

Although, Anonymous did not say which websites were hacked, the desktop version of the Nigerian police’s website was down as at 12:21 am today. The website was, however, up and running on mobile.

For weeks now outrage over abuses by the police’s notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has erupted onto the streets, forcing the government to announce the disbandment of the tactical unit as part of wider police reforms.

The authorities pledged a raft of measures including the release of demonstrators from custody and the setting up, within a week, of an independent body to probe violations. The government has also acted on a demand to provide psychological evaluation and training to disbanded SARS officials prior to their re-deployment.

But frustration is running high among Nigeria’s youth who face the brunt of abuses as well as a lack of opportunities, and many insist they will keep protesting. Several hundred people were gathered in Abuja on Wednesday when witnesses said they were attacked.

In Ikeja, the capital of Lagos state, several witnesses said that men with machetes and axes attempted to attack demonstrators, but were stopped and handed over to the police. Over 6 people have reportedly died from the ongoing protest so far with several other injured.

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