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WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram banned by Swiss Army

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Swiss soldiers are required to stop using WhatsApp, Signal, and Telegram, and use a domestic messenger instead; Swiss media reported this week. Data protection was cited as the reason.

 

Commanders and chiefs of staff received an instruction in late December informing them of the new rules; according to Swiss media.

 

Army personnel should now use the domestically developed Threema messenger; both in official and private communication, including chats between soldiers and their relatives, the instruction said.

 

The instruction contains an explicit ban on other apps: “all other services are no longer permitted,” media with access to the content of the email reported.

 

However, it is unclear if there will be any sanctions for those who do not stop using WhatsApp or other foreign messengers.

 

The army hopes the troops will “set an example,” as they are “encouraged to communicate consistently via Threema.”

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The army will also reportedly cover the cost of downloading the domestic app – 4 Swiss francs ($4.35). Annual fees collected by the company are reportedly to be paid by the army as well.

 

The recommendations apply to everyone in the army, including new conscripts and those returning for refresher training, military spokesman Daniel Reist told AFP.

 

Switzerland has compulsory military service for all male citizens aged 19 and deemed fit for service.

 

 

WhatsApp, Signal and Telegram banned by Swiss Army

 

 

The move was prompted by concerns over data security, the army spokesman told local media.

 

Threema is subject to Swiss law and compliant with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, unlike foreign apps.

 

US-based apps such as WhatsApp and Signal are covered by the US CLOUD Act; which allows the US authorities to access data held by American app operators even if it is stored outside of the country.

 

The US can also demand that companies hand over user information through a legal request.

 

Telegram, in this case, could be subject to an order as well, as long as it serves American customers.

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“Since the company [Threema] is based in Switzerland, it is not subject to the Cloud Act like American companies,” Reist said.

 

In 2019, India called Facebook and WhatsApp a “crucial source” for hostile intelligence gathering, and called on people in the military to refrain from revealing to much personal information in the messengers, and to even deactivate their accounts.

 

The Russian Defense Ministry also said last year; that it would develop a smartphone and mobile apps for those serving at military bases.

 

The US military has also had app-related headaches.

 

In 2018, US bases and patrol routes around the world were compromised, not by a messenger, but a fitness tracker; after an American startup published a worldwide fitness heatmap.

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Our helicopter did not crash – Police

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By Christopher Oji 

The Nigeria Police high command has denied reports making rounds that one of its Bell 429 5NMDA helicopters flying from Abuja to Bauchi on Wednesday crash-landed. 

In a statement by Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CP Frank Mba, the police explained that the helicopter was involved in a controlled safe landing at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi.

“The aircraft did not crash, as being reported in some sections of the media, and none of the occupants sustained any injury whatsoever.

“All six on board, including the pilot and co-pilot, are in good condition.  

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“Similarly, the aircraft, which was flown by one of the best police pilots, was professionally safe-landed with minor damage on the rear rotor as a result of obstacle at the landing spot.

The incident occurred around 7:30pm (local time). The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has commended the Police Air Wing for their professionalism in safe-landing the aircraft and averting any serious air mishap.

He further noted that the Nigeria Police Air Wing, with a fleet of one fixed-wing aircraft, a Citation jet and 13 helicopters, has got a strong history of air safety since its establishment in the year 1972.”

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Police arrest wife, 2 others for murder of Lagos hotelier 

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By Christopher Oji 

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested three persons in connection with the death of a popular hotelier, Mr. Femi Bakare Alaba, who was allegedly murdered last Monday by his wife. 

The deceased’s family had  returned from a trip from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, before he was murdered in their house at 9, Finance Road, Maplewood Estate, Oko- Oba, Agege, Lagos.

The family had accused Alaba’s wife of using a hot pressing iron to burn the man while he was sleeping.

The police said three persons, including his wife, have been arrested in connection with the murder and that the  body has been deposited at Yaba Mainland Hospital’s morgue for autopsy. 

According to Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, “The deceased’s wife and three others have been arrested in connection with the suspected murder case. Meanwhile, the case has since been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence  Department, Panti, for diligent investigation on the order of the Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi.”

A police source at the homicide section of  SCIID, said the woman was not cooperating with the police as she has refused to tell investigators on what really happened to her husband.

The police source who said there was more to the murder beyond the allegation that the deceased impregnated another woman as his family were alleging that their brother was questioning the paternity of two of her two out of their three kids.

“ We are investigating and there are many things we are trying to unrevel but they are not what I can tell you till further notice. For now, we are having his wife and two others who though are not cooperating with us,but they will soon open up”, the senior police officer said.

When  Alaba and his wife returned recently from a trip from Dubai,their house was a Mecca of sort as family members and friends thronged the premises to welcome them back home

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No one could envisage that danger loomed. In fact, if anyone had told them that the life of one of the couple would be abruptly cut short, the person would have been dismissed and tagged a prophet of doom. 

Those who visited them when they returned were not disappointed as they were well entertained and got one gift or the other .

The family was described as philanthropists as well as peace lovers that they were the envy of residents. The couple was loved and admired by all.

But in the morning of January 24, things took a dramatic turn to the amazement of all. The owner of the popular Bama Hotel was murdered by his wife of eight years. 

According to a source, Bama, as he is fondly called was allegedly roasted to death with a hot iron by his wife.

A resident, who identified himself simply as Emmanuel, said: “My brother, we are still in shock because the unexpected really happened. We were told that Bama’s wife discovered that another woman was pregnant for her husband and was embittered.

“She waited for the man to sleep and used hot iron to press his body and the man died out of severe pain. We are still baffled and surprised how the woman who we saw as easy-going would have the mind to kill her husband in his sleep.

“The deceased was the owner of Bama Hotel and Suite. He was a good man that we respected him a lot. The couple has three kids and they just returned from Dubai before the incident occurred.”

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Fire  razes 57 shops, properties in Niger 

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An early morning fire yesterday razed no fewer than 57 shops, destroying  goods worth millions of naira  at  Mokwa main market in Mokwa local Government Area of Niger State.

The fire was said to have started at about 4:00am when the shops owners were at home.

A source close to the market, Abubakar Umar, said the inferno razed many shops and destroyed properties worth millions of naira as nobody or agency was on ground to put out the fire or salvage the goods. 

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According to him:” The fire  destroyed many shops in the market. The situation was very serious because there was no help coming from anywhere.The fire started around 4:00pm this morning and it was so serious that no body could go near it.

The hamattan weather  could not help the situation. We are grateful to God that no life was lost.

Adamu Usman, a  revenue officer of  Mokwa LG ,said that  about 57 shops were destroyed by the inferno.

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