We have reduced kidnapping and banditry with NIN - Isa Pantami

The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami says banditry and kidnapping have reduced since his office introduced the policy compelling Nigerians to obtain a National number .

Pantami made the claim in Abuja on Thursday, June 3, while rendering an account of his stewardship since assuming office, in 2019.

When i was assigned to supervise the sector on 24, August 2019, unregistered, and partial registered sims were getting used to perpetrate crime within the country. Nobody knew the entire number of unregistered sims.

Within but 15 days in the office, we've engaged the NCC as a regulator. we've directed them to hold audit exercise to enable them come up with unregistered and partial registered sims. They came with around 9.4 million which is enough to populate another country. it had been the first time we didn’t know the entire of unregistered sims within the country.

And we went further to direct NCC, to make sure that by 25th September 2019, that's just one month few days in office, I spent there to ensure that by end of September 2021, no sim that's not registered are going to be on our network. NCC as a regulator implemented that effectively.

From end of September 2019, to 2020, you'll discover that even kidnapping and banditry reduced to the barest minimum. it had been a time that hardly can you spend one month or more without hearing about kidnapping.

The more you come up with policies to make the system effective the more criminals will come up with another strategy to compromise the policies.”he said

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