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OLX, LASTMA Encourage Commuters to Observe 7 Safety Tips



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The rain has been quite heavy this season, although the farmers would be extremely grateful for the rain; those who drive or own cars are concerned about the effect the rain would have on their vehicles.

Leading online classifieds site provides a platform for Nigerians to buy and sell vehicles quickly and conveniently. In addition to facilitating trade, OLX partners with government agencies and corporate organizations that are relevant and offer value to vehicle users.

Recently, OLX worked with LASTMA to educate Nigerians on 5 very important precautions to take to ensure they are safe when driving during the rainy season.

Olawale Musa, general manager of LASTMA advised road users that the following precautions should be taken when driving during the rainy season.

Drive Slowly
Road users are advised to be patient while driving in bad weather. To avoid major accidents we advise that you limit your speed to a maximum of 60km/h or even less as the case may be.  

Driving slowly also prevents the car from being damaged by hidden potholes. Road users should also use their hazard lightsto alert other road users who have poor visibility. =

Have Your Battery Checked
Getting stranded in the rain with a dead battery is not fun, and can easily be avoided. The typical lifespan of a battery is between 3-5 years.

Wet weather can stress your battery, and humidity can cause terminal corrosion and minor electrical grounds that can drain it overnight.  If your battery is over three years old, it is advisable you have it checked especially during the rainy season.

A good indicator that the battery is getting weak is when it starts to sound sluggish during start up.  Any mechanic can perform a simple test for battery strength. Buying a new battery is a whole lot better than getting stranded in the rain.

Make Sure Your Tyres Are In Good Condition
Do not underestimate the importance of good traction for the slippery roads. Make sure your tyres are appropriate for the raining season by consulting a tyre repairer aka vulcaniser. Ensure that all tyres including the spare are properly inflated.

Fill the Windshield Washer Fluid Reservoir and Check Wipers
Your windshield wipers will be used a lot during the rainy season. Top off the fluid and make sure you have a set of good blades.

Water deposits can clog the tiny nozzles on windshield washers over time thankfully, these can be cleaned easily with a fine needle, which can also be used to nudge and re-aim the nozzles to adjust the spray pattern.

If the washers are badly damaged, replacement washers with better spray patterns are relatively cheap and easily available.

Keep Your Fuel Tank full
A fuel tank that is nearly empty could result in condensation forming on the inside walls of the fuel tank. Fluctuating temperatures can result in water getting inside the tank. It’s never a good idea to run your tank to near-empty any time of the year because you run the risk of getting stranded.

Call For Help
If you are involved in an accident or in any form of an emergency; Lagosians can dial these toll free lines 767 or 112.

Upgrade Your Car On OLX
If you feel your car is not rainy season compliant, sell your old car on the OLX site using an OLX Champ and search for great deals on the site to buy exclusive offers on verified cars.

The OLX Group operates a network of online trading platforms in over 40 countries. It builds market leading classifieds marketplaces that empower millions of people to buy, sell and create prosperity in local communities.

With over 300 million monthly users worldwide, OLX Group makes it fast and easy to buy and sell almost anything online, such as household goods, phones, cars and houses.

Through consumer brands including Avito, dubizzle, letgo, OLX, Stradia and Storia, more than 10 million things are listed on its market-leading apps and platforms every single month.

The OLX Group is powered by a team of 4,000 people, operating from 25+ offices across five continents. The team is united behind a single mission to enhance people’s lives by facilitating win-win exchanges.



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Ex-Mainstreet Bank Boss Remanded in Prison over Forgery



Mr Chester Ukandu, former managing director, Mainstreet Bank Registrars Limited, and Mr Achi George, director of the company, have been remanded in prison custody over alleged forging Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) documents.


The two ex- officials were ordered to be remanded by Justice O. A. Williams of the Special Offences Court, Ikeja after they pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of conspiracy and forgery brought against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).


According to Mrs Zainab Ettu, the EFCC prosecutor, the suspects between February 6 and 7, 2012, conspired among themselves and forged the letter head paper of Mainstreet Bank Registrars Limited, with registration number: 613674, claiming that it emanated from Mainstreet Bank’s Registrars Limited.


They were also accused of forging a Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Form 2A, claiming that it emanated from CAC.


Ettu informed the court that the two suspects, who were formerly Managing Director and Director of the company, had retired from the company, only to unlawfully convert the company’s properties and bank account with Skye Bank for personal use.


The prosecutor also informed the court that the two defendants were apprehended after investigation was conducted on a petition written by the Company’s lawyer, Dr. Charles Mekwunye, after which they were consequently charged before the court. However, they all pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge.


Following their plea, Samuel Agwuh, their Lawyer, informed the court that he had filed bail applications, and urged the court to grant his clients bail in the most liberal terms.


Responding, the prosecutor, informed the court that they were just served with the applications, and needed time to respond.


The prosecutor consequently urged the court to remand the defendants in custody pending when the bail applications will be heard. Ruling on the submissions of both parties, the presiding Judge, Justice O.A. Williams, ordered that the two defendants to be remanded in Ikoyi Prisons till April 10, when their bail applications will be entertained.

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Kaspersky says POS Malware Targets Chip and PIN Cards



Researchers from Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered that the cyber criminal group behind the Prilex point-of-sale (POS) malware now have the ability to turn stolen credit card data into functional plastic cards.

Employing ‘smart’ chip and PIN technology to protect payment cards has been widely used around the world over the past ten years, and its growing popularity has attracted attackers.

Prilex has been active in South America since 2014, and has evolved, shifting its efforts from ATM hacks to attacks on POS systems developed by Brazilian vendors. It is now using used stolen credit card information to create functional plastic cards.

This will allow crooks to perform fraudulent transactions in online and physical shops. “This is the first time that the researchers have seen in the wild such a full suite of tools for carrying out fraud. The cloned credit card works in any point-of-sale system in Brazil due to a faulty implementation of the EMV standard that means not all data is verified during the approval process,” says Kaspersky Lab.

How it works

Prilex malware is made up of three components: malware that modifies the POS system and intercepts the credit card information, a server to manage the illegally obtained information, and finally an application that the malware ‘client’ can use to view, clone or save statistics related to the cards.

“This is the most notable feature of the malware: its associated business model, where all the users’ needs are taken into account, including the need for a simple and friendly user interface,” adds Kaspersky.

Research shows that Prilex is distributed through the traditional postal service, convincing victims to grant computer access to the criminals for a remote support session, which is then used to install the malware. The majority of victims tend to be traditional shops, such as petrol stations, supermarkets and typical retail markets.

Thiago Marques, security analyst at Kaspersky Lab, says Prilex offers attackers everything from a graphic user interface to well-designed modules that can be used to create different credit card structures.

Chip and PIN technology is still relatively new in some parts of the world, such as the US, and many people are not aware of the risk of credit card cloning and abuse.

In Brazil, Prilex has been able to take advantage of a faulty implementation of the industry standards, emphasising the importance of developing secure, future proof standards for payment technologies, he added.

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FG Approves Cisco Networking Academy in Federal Unity Colleges



The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education has approved the Cisco Networking Academy Program as well as the establishment of 6 Internet of things (IoT) innovation centres across the Federal Unity Colleges in the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.

This initiative is part of Cisco’s strategic partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education to provide access to quality ICT education in the Country.

The project is driven by one of Cisco’s Networking Academy Support Centres, UNITeS, and so far, two IoT Innovation Centres have already been established at the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba and at FGC, Bwari, Abuja.

Speaking at the official opening and inauguration of one of the Innovation Centres at Queen’s College, Lagos, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu represented by the Director of ICT, Federal Ministry of Education, Ifegwu Orji, stated: ‘Qualitative education in the modern world is intrinsically tied to the development and deployment of ICT in education.

This initiative by Cisco is highly commendable as it will train our students to become global problem solvers and to become competitive on a global level.  It is my earnest desire that this centre will produce great minds that will make a difference Nigeria”

The Minister went on to endorse and approve of all other Cisco long-term CSR programmes, urging all stakeholders in the sector to partner with the government in order to salvage the education system of the country towards the attainment of sustainable development, towards a digital economy.

CSR Programme Manager, Cisco Nigeria, Imoh Akpan remarked: “The establishment of these centres is one way that Cisco encourages the adoption and the application of technology.

Our aim is to boost the education sector, ensuring more students are exposed to skills for the digital economy, in the current 4th Industrial Revolution, thereby enhancing Nigeria’s global competitiveness, boosting socio-economic development, as well as promoting employability”.

The Unites Internet of Things Innovation Centre which is the first in Sub- Saharan Africa, designed to serve as a centre for research and development that will provide solutions to social challenges and developmental problems, and transform Federal Unity Colleges into smart schools for teaching and learning.

The intervention will provide our children with a competitive edge when entering higher education or the labour market.

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