Nigeria to probe Cambridge Analytica involvement in electionsStaff Writer | April 5, 2018
Nigeria's government will investigate allegations of improper involvement by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica in the country's 2007 and 2015 elections.
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In Nigeria, a government committee is looking into claims that SCL Elections, a Cambridge Analytica affiliate, organised anti-election rallies to dissuade opposition supporters from voting in 2007, Garba Shehu, a spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, said.
He said it would examine claims that Buhari's personal data was hacked in 2015 when he was an opposition candidate in the presidential election.
The investigation would also look into whether Cambridge Analytica's work for the election campaigns of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) broke Nigerian law "or infringed on the rights of other parties and their candidates".
Depending on the outcome, criminal prosecutions might result, said Shehu. ■