Galaxy Backbone, the Nigerian government's information technology and shared service provider says it blocked over 200 cyberattacks during the country's presidential and National Assembly elections in February, according to local media reports.

The attacks rose to 1.2 million the day after the election, according to managing director Muhammad Abubakar, speaking at a two-day ministerial training for Galaxy Backbone's board members and management staffers.

Abubakar did not say whether the attacks had anything to do with the alleged downtime suffered by the Independent National Electoral Commission's (INEC) result-viewing portal.

The INEC portal suffered a system collapse on election day, causing a backlog in the transmission of presidential election results.

To address this and other issues, a business continuity and cyberspace protection committee has been formed to regulate digital activities while optimising Galaxy Backbone's technical services.