According to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the nationwide implementation of the National Identity Numbers (NIN) linkage with the Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) is providing favorable results by prohibiting bandits from using their phones.
Mr Ephraim Nwokonanya, NCC Director of Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement, announced this on Friday through his agent, Mr Alkasim Umar, Head of Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement.
The NCC claimed the NIN-SIM linkage policy has denied terrorists and outlaws access to communications services during a capacity building workshop held at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
He posted :
What they now do is to use the phones of their victims to communicate while keeping victims in far places. But with time, their methods would not save them.
Yes, we are making progress. The only challenge we are faced with now is if they kidnap you, 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 phone calls somewhere else. If a phone is off, there is no way one can trace it. It’s a big challenge.