- Nigeria’s Communications Communication has exposed the main problem faced by bandits and terrorists.
- According to the commission, bandits have been having problems with their operations lately due to the NIN/SIM connection
- NCC stated that this process has affected the telecommunications flow of bandits and terrorists in the country
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) announced on Friday April 29th , known that linking the National Identity Numbers (NIN) with the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) already gives the desired results the operations of terrorists and bandits difficult.
The Commission stated that implementation of the directive has denied terrorists and bandits access to telecommunications services, The Nation reports.
The Commission affirmed:
“What they are doing now is using their victims’ phones to communicate while holding the victims in remote locations. But over time, their methods would not save them.”
NCC’s Director of Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, Mr. Ephraim Nwokonanya, made the remarks during the address at the Commission’s Abuja headquarters to journalists attending a one-day capacity-building workshop organized by the Commission.
He was represented by the Head of Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement, Mr. Alkasim Umar.< /p>< p class="align-left">He said significant progress had been made on the NIN-SlM link to address the country’s increasing instances of insurgency, kidnapping and banditry.
The plight of bandits/terrorists
Umar lamented the illegal use of network boosters by some subscribers and said the commission would not hesitate to prosecute Nigerians using network boosters in their houses and office os to the detriment of others.
“Yes, we are making progress. The challenge we face now is if they kidnap you, they use your number to call. They will never use their phone lines; It’s the phone number of the kidnapped person that calls them and cuts them off immediately.
“They can keep you somewhere else and call somewhere else. When a phone is off, it cannot be traced. It’s a big challenge.”
Director of Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde said the capacity training is based on the Commission activities’ recognition of the important role of the media and called for more synergy and cooperation with the NCC.
NIN: Stress-free methods to know if your ID number is successfully linked to the SIM card
Since the federal government mandated telecom operators to intensify measures to fully link the national identification number (NIN) with SIM cards, efforts have been made Nigerians for full compliance.
However, the exercise has been severely hampered by the second wave of COVID-19, the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC) claimed that the process was up to February 9th, the deadline.
In another consolidated effort to encourage Nigerians to enroll in the NIN, the National Identity Management ent Commission ( N IMC) has launched a mobile app.