Kidnappers Still Demand Ransoms Via Phone Calls Despite NIN, SIM Card Links Because Technology Is Gradual Process, Says Pantami

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The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, has explained why kidnappers still demand ransom through phone calls even though Nigerians have been made to link their National Identity Number (NIN) with their mobile phone SIM cards.

Pantami, while speaking during the World National Identity Day celebration, said that kidnappers and terrorists still negotiate for ransom using phone calls, because innovation to wipe out evil does not happen overnight as it takes a gradual process.

The Minister however emphasized that significant gains had been recorded since the linking of SIM cards with the NIN started.

According to him, since the exercise commenced, there had been a notable drop in the number of calls by fraudsters to unsuspecting phone users.

9News Nigeria narrated Pantami as saying that “The issue of kidnappers’ calls has reduced concerning ransom by phones. The sanitation of the existing system cannot be done overnight. It’s an ongoing process.

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