SIM-NIN Linkage Frustrating Terrorists In North-East ― NCC
Fred Omotara, Lagos
The Nigerian Communications Commission(NCC) has said that terrorists and bandits are been denied access to telecommunication services subscribers with the ongoing implementation of the National Identity Number (NIN), SIM linkage policy in Nigeria.
The Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement NCC, Mr Ephraim Nwokonanya, represented by Head Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement, NCC, Mr Alkasim Umar disclosed this at the One-day Capacity Building for members of the Nigerian Information Technology Reporters’ Association(NITRA), Abuja Chapter at the Commission Headquarters, Abuja.
Speaking on the NIN-SIM linkage, Menace of Network Booster Devices, other Compliance, Monitoring Enforcement issues of the Commission, Mr Umar stressed that there is an appreciable progress in NIN-linkage policy meant o address rising cases of insurgency, kidnapping and banditry in the country.
Mr Umar explained that NIN-SIM implementation has been a potent tool in addressing the Nation’s insecurity challenges.
While lamenting the illegal use of network boosters, Umar disclosed that the commission is committed to persecuting Nigerians using network boosters in their homes and offices at detriment of others.
According to him, “Yes we are making progress. The only challenge we are faced with now is, If they kidnap you, I mean the bandits; they use your number to call. They will never use their phones lines, it is the kidnapped person’s phone number they use to call and switch it off immediately. They can keep you at a different place and make somewhere else. If a phone is off, there is no way one can trace it. It’s a big challenge.
“Even in the National Assembly someone brought this up, to ban all kidnappers lines, some people objected, that if they use a person number to make calls why can’t Federal Government block the terrorists/bandits phone numbers. Then someone rose up to say there will be more killings, this is because kidnappers are after victims’ money so there is no way it will curb the problem. But now there is progress, because they are being denied of SIM cards”, he stated