The Lagos State Government moved swiftly last night to retrieve its hacked website. The identities of those who hacked into the website www.lagosstate.gov.ng and posted messages, describing the Nigerian Government, that of United States, Israel and others as state sponsors of terrorism, are yet unknown.
The group posted the message probably in retaliation for the arrest of the leader of the Shiite Islamic sect, el-Zakzaky.
The message stated that the Nigerian government, United States of America, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are state sponsors of terrorism.
The message read thus: “In the Name of GOD. Message to Nigeria Government and State Sponsors of Terrorism (USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar):
“Boko Haram and ISIS are terrorists, They are killing Muslims and innocent people because of your dirty money, Hey Nigeria Government you killed thousands of Muslims and specially Zakzaky’s family too, You are all terrorists, You are all murders, GOD damn you!
“Allahu maulana wala mula lakum”
The Lagos State Government admitted that its website was hacked, but said it had retrieved the website.
A press statement issued and signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, stated that: “The State Government wishes to inform the general public that its website,http://www.lagosstate.gov.ng was in the early hours of today, Friday, December 18, 2015 hacked by unknown individual or group posting provocative messages on the site.”
He said the website has, however, been retrieved while the bugs left behind from the hack are being cleared.
The government promised that the website would soon be restored, better and stronger to continue in its tradition of giving accurate and up-to-date information on the activities, policies and programmes of the Lagos State Government.
The statement added that the incident had been reported to the State Security Service and the police.
Ayorinde implored Lagos residents to be supportive of the present administration and continue to follow its activities on other social media platforms like twitter @ followlasg and on Facebook.com/followlasg.