Moscow, Dec. 16, 2016 (dpa/NAN): Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson has challenged U.S. officials on Friday to prove their accusations that Russia was involved in cyber attacks to influence the U.S. presidential election.
“They should either stop talking about that or produce some proof at least. Otherwise it all begins to look unseemly,’’ Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.
Peskov earlier described the allegations as groundless, “ludicrous nonsense,’’ following a report by American broadcaster NBC that alleged Putin was personally involved in Russian hacking to influence the U.S. poll.
The NBC report said unnamed U.S. officials alleged that Putin had personally directed how hacked material from Democrats was leaked and otherwise used.
The unnamed officials said the intelligence on the matter had come from diplomatic sources and spies, the report said.
Lagos Raises the Alarm! Your Car’s Number Plate Could be Fake
In line with the Smart City initiative of the present administration, the Lagos State Government, through the State Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA), has announced the creation of a website –www.lsmvaapvs.org -through which motorists and law enforcement agencies can henceforth confirm the authenticity of number plates issued by the Agency.
The General Manager of MVAA, Lagos, Mr. Lateef Lawal, who disclosed this in his office at the Secretariat, Alausa, said the platform also became necessary in order to eradicate the unnecessary harassment of licensees by officials of the Nigerian Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other Security Agencies.
He emphasised that the situation became worrisome and embarrassing to the State Government and its clients when incessant reports, calls, SMS, e-mails and visits from licensees became rampant that vehicles duly registered with Lagos State number plates were being impounded by FRSC and other security officials.
The General Manager therefore enjoined the general public, particularly car owners, FRSC and Security Agencies to visit the MVAA’s website atwww.lsmvaapvs.org to verify the authenticity of number plates issued by the MVAA, noting that, “The site is easy to navigate, once logged in, type in the number plate and wait for the confirmation of the details of the vehicle.”
While wishing Lagosians a joyful yuletide and prosperous 2017, Lawal enjoined motorists to comply with driving rules and make sure that their vehicle particulars are up-to- date in order to avoid being penalized by the authorities concerned during the period.