Already in facing probes in United Kingdom and many from other countries soon to follow, the presidency in Nigeria believes an investigation into a possible meddling by Cambridge Analytica in the elections of 2015 in Nigeria is highly possible and warrrants an inquiry like in the United Kingdom.
The data mining firm is accused of having swipped the data of more than 50 million Facebook users to sway elections in many country including Nigeria, where it waged a campaign to perpetuate discord by hacking into personal records of major opposition candidates including the then presidential candidate of the APC, Mohammadu Buhari.
Following reports from a whistle blower, Christopher Wylie, who worked with a Cambridge University academic to obtain the data, told the Observer, a UK newspaper that : “We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people’s profiles. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons. That was the basis the entire company was built on.”
A source from the presidency who spoke with state house correspondents, said the federal government has set up an in-house committee to scrutinize the activities of Cambridge Analytica’s work for the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2007 and 2015 general elections campaigns for evidence if they broke the laws of this country or infringed on the rights of other parties and their candidates. Depending on the outcome, this may lead to the appointment of a special investigator and possibly, criminal prosecutions by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.