On Thursday, Communications and Digital Economy Minister Isa Pantami explained why the Nigerian government was not tracking the use of calls and text messages by criminals in carrying out their low-level activities.
Speaking to reporters in Abuja during a scorecard presentation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, Pantami said it was the responsibility of the national security adviser to track criminals using phones and other means.
Nigerians strongly question the importance of the mandatory National Identification Number (NIN) in the country’s sim registration process.
In response, Pantami stated that the introduction of the NIN was basically to minimize cybercrime.
The minister said his department would intervene in the process of tracking criminals if formally requested.
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“This process falls under cybercrime. Cybercrime falls under the Office of the National Security Advisor and other security agencies,” he said.
“we are at cyber security It is to ensure that we minimize the possibility of criminals deploying technology to commit crimes. So our work is proactive. At the same time, if a crime occurs and requires our formal intervention, then we will intervene.
“So when it comes to minimizing the possibility of criminals committing crimes, we need to reintroduce the national NIN and civil registration. Second, we make NIN registration mandatory. NIN registration is under our laws in Nigeria and NIN has All citizenship is mandatory.”
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