April 2, 2018 / 1:06 PM / 6 months ago

Nigeria to probe alleged Cambridge Analytica involvement in elections -presidency

ABUJA, April 2 (Reuters) - Nigeria’s government will launch an investigation into allegations of improper involvement by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica in the country’s 2007 and 2015 elections, a presidency spokesman said on Monday.

Garba Shehu said the investigation could lead to criminal prosecutions.

The UK-based political consultancy is facing allegations that it improperly accessed data from social media website Facebook to target voters prior to U.S. presidential elections and Britain’s Brexit referendum in 2016.

Reporting by Felix Onuha; Writing by Alexis Akwagyiram; editing by John Stonestreet

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