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26 Nov 2018

Nigeria’s anti-graft crime agency data centre relocated after fire

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Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has had to relocate its data centre after the building housing it was gutted by fire this Monday.

Two staff working in the vicinity had to be rescued by fire crews but are said to be okay after the incident, in the capital city of Abuja.

The anti-graft agency has been involved in arresting high-profile officials as the government tries to tackle the country’s long-term negative reputation for fraud and bribery in local, regional and national government.

But despite some suggestions that the fire was started deliberately by vengeful subjects of its inquiries, the agency has rejected this theory.

ICT equipment transferred from former offices and being stored near to where the fire started is said to have been saved, partly because it wasn’t plugged in. The data centre equipment itself is not believed to have been damaged, but because of damage to the building it has been moved to another office.

The EFCC said it has relocated its data centre to its new headquarters in Jabi Abuja. EFCC head of ICT, Isah J. Abdullahi, is said to have been among a number of staff who assisted fire crews and helped to save equipment.

The agency’s acting head of media and publicity Tony Orilade said the fire started at around 7pm at the Wuse 2 Zonal office.

Orilade has attributed the fire to an electrical fault but he said this would be confirmed or otherwise by an official investigation. Orilade said: “There was no sabotage. The data system is intact, the computers in the centre were not installed, they were just packed and stored.”

Source: https://data-economy.com/nigerias-anti-graft-crime-agency-data-centre-relocated-after-fire/

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