The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami has on Tuesday, February 11 revealed that Terrorists now use social media as a medium for communications and the recruitment of new followers who will commit crimes in Nigeria.
Eye9ja reports that the minister made this known while delivering a lecture on leadership in counter-terrorism and counter violent extremism in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Tuesday.
“It is evident that terrorists are exploiting social media, encrypted communications, and the dark web to spread propaganda, recruit new followers and coordinate attacks.”
While speaking on how to counter the vices of the terrorists group, the minister noted that this rapidly evolving phenomenon requires the use of innovative approaches to both “counter” and “prevent” terrorism and extremism.
“Big Data Analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), will help counter and prevent the terrorists’ latest ploys,” the minister revealed.
While proffering solution to the matter of terrorism in Nigeria, Dr Pantami said the military and intelligence agencies can use big data to fight the war against terrorism.
He noted in his speech that Data can be analyzed to understand background, motives, modus operandi and methods of communication of persons or groups of interest.
He further urged the security agencies in Nigeria particularly the Nigerian Military to tap into the resources availed by technology and use them as potent tools for ousting the insurgents from the country.