A committee set up by the Federal Government to investigate reports that a Nigerian billionaire and supporter of former President Goodluck Jonathan, paid £2m to Cambridge Analytica, to hack into the medical records of President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2015 general elections, has written to the United Kingdom and the United States of America over the matter.
The government set up the in-house committee to investigate whether the firm’s work for the Peoples Democratic Party, in 2007 and 2015 general election campaigns broke the laws of the country or infringed on the rights of other parties and their candidates.
It is understood that the FG is considering appointing a special investigator and possibly start criminal prosecution by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
A top Presidency official familiar with the committee’s work told Punch about the panel’s communication with the UK and the US.
“You will recall that when the news broke, the government set up what we called an in-house committee to investigate the matter.
“The last I heard about that committee was that they have written to the US and the UK for more information on what happened.
“I am yet to find out if those countries have responded and the stage which the committee is now,” he said.
A former employee of Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie, had revealed to British lawmakers how an Israeli spy firm “Black Cube” was engaged to hack Buhari’s data to get access to his medical records.
Cambridge Analytica had earlier been hired by an unnamed Nigerian billionaire to support the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 presidential election in which Buhari was his main challenger.
Furthermore, SCL Elections, a public relations firm that later became Cambridge Analytica, manipulated Nigeria’s 2007 elections by organising campaigns to weaken the chances of opposition parties which saw the emergence of Umaru Yar’Adua as Nigeria’s president.