Buhari Israeli company denies hacking President's records before 2015 elections

It had been reported that an unidentified Nigerian billionaire paid Cambridge Analytica $2 million to dig up dirt on Buhari ahead of the 2015 elections.

  • Published:
President Buhari mourns Winnie Mandela, says Africa has lost courageous woman play

President Muhammadu Buhari

(NAN)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Black Cube, a private intelligence firm accused of working for Cambridge Analytica has denied the claims.

Cambridge Analytica is a UK-based political consulting firm which allegedly hacked President Muhammadu Buhari's records ahead of the 2015 elections.

The company was alleged to have hacked into Buhari's medical and financial records before the election.

Last week, the BBC had reported that an unidentified Nigerian billionaire paid Cambridge Analytica $2 million to carry out the alleged act.

The mystery billionaire was reportedly loyal to former president Goodluck Jonathan, who was seeking a re-election at the time. The Jonathan camp allegedly asked the firm to dig up implicating information about Buhari, with the goal of using it to nail him.

Boko Haram understands the power of educated girls, many of us do not play Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan (Al Jazeera)

 Whistle-blower

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, the Jerusalem Post quoted a whistle-blower, Christopher Wylie to have told a UK parliamentary committee that Cambridge Analytica's parent company SCL Elections worked with Black Cube to hack Buhari.

"Wylie was quoted as saying; The company (Cambridge Analytica) utilised the services of an Israeli private intelligence firm, Black Cube.

"Black Cube on the Nigeria campaign was engaged to hack the now-President Buhari to get access to his medical records and private emails."

ALSO READ: Facebook stock plunges after FTC confirms it's investigating the company's privacy practices in wake of Cambridge Analytica scandal

But Black Cube reportedly dismissed the whistle-blower's testimony, describing it as "flagrant lie."

"Whilst we are flattered that we are seemingly being connected with every international incident that occurs, we will state that Chris Wylie's testimony is a flagrant lie," the firm was quoted as saying.

It added that it will investigate Wylie's claims to "reveal the truth and the motive" behind them, and will also "launch a massive defamation suit against any entity that we will find involved, including Christopher Wylie, SCL or Cambridge Analytical, for any pound they still have or don’t have."

Black Cube also reiterated that neither it nor its affiliates and subsidiaries worked for SCL or Cambridge Analytica, or ever operated in Nigeria or on any Nigerian-connected project.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.