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Insecurity: NIN-SIM policy working but agencies fighting criminality fail to apply it –Ex-Minister

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*Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, former Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, declares the NIN-SIM policy has been working in Nigeria, but the relevant institutions fighting criminality should discharge their responsibilities to justify the huge budgetary allocations to the initiative and security sector by utilising the policy ‘effectively when a crime is committed’ in the country

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Against the festering security challenges affecting millions of Nigerian consumers, especially in the last decade, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, former Minister for Communications and Digital Economy, has pointedly, accused the security agencies of failure to diligently apply the National Identification Number — Subscriber Identity Module (NIN-SIM) policy to fight crimes in the West African country.

Pantami stated this while responding to a question from an X (formerly Twitter) user, who had wondered why so much of taxpayers’ money was spent on the NIN-SIM policy, and yet insecurity has remained unabated in Nigeria till this day.

Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, former Minister for Communications and Digital Economy 

The ex-Minister, via his verified account, stressed that the application of the policy, especially by the major stakeholders, including the Nigerian Army, Navy, Airforce and the Police, in the security sector of the economy, has been a major problem.

Pantami, equally lamented and disclosed that a friend of his had offered to pay N50 million of the N60 million ransom demanded by bandits who abducted Alhaji Mansoor Al-Kadriyar’s six children.

He also stated: “NIN-SIM policy has been working. However, the relevant institutions fighting criminality are to be requested to ensure they utilise it effectively when a crime is committed.”

“Lack of utilising it is the main problem, not the policy. While in office, I know of three instances where the policy was utilised, and it led to the success of their operations.”

In regard to apparent lack of implementation of the much emphasised policy, he further wrote: “I am more worried than anyone, as my life was threatened by criminals for reintroducing it, including on BBC Hausa and national dailies; I resisted and ensured its implementation.

“If it is not being utilised by the relevant institutions in charge of securing lives and property, then I am more frustrated than any person, as I sacrificed my life and ignored all the threats to life.”

Pantami said: “This is just a point out of 100 on the policy.

“May the Almighty rescue all the kidnapped and bring absolute peace and stability to Nigeria, and may He (SWT) continue to guide our leaders and help them always in discharging their responsibilities.”

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