With several of Nigerian citizens suffering, some Nigerian governors have continued to waste billion of naira on tracking technology that allows them decrypt telephone calls of their opponents made over 3G networks, Premium Times investigation has revealed. Involved in this illegal act are Emmanuel Uduaghan, former governor Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa, current governor of Delta, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa and former Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi. According to the report, a Bulgarian digital surveillance company, Circles 3G, offered the technology to the governors which is used to secretly violate the privacy of citizens, as federal government authorities look away. While Amaechi could not get Circles 3G as at 2010 when the gadget was developed, he got a similar gadget, the C4i (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence) pretending to aid federal security in combating militancy and kidnappings within the state.
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa state The case is not different in Bayelsa as governor Seriake Dickson who had earlier been involved in a hacking scandal got the Circles 3G and illegally used this spying tool to track Timipriye Sylva, his challenger at the poll. Dickson also used the gadget to track An ex- militant, Africanus Ukparasia, also known as “General Africa”, Mrs. Sylva’s phone numbers to locations in Abuja and a target called E-Genle. The report however could not ascertain who Mr Uduaghan and Okowa directed their surveillance on