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How NIN In Nigeria Is A Crucial Step Towards Enhanced Security

Although there are undoubtedly obstacles in the way of the NIN-SIM integration policy's execution, there are also obvious solutions.

How NIN in Nigeria Is A Crucial Step Towards Enhanced Security
NIN in Nigeria [PHOTO CREDIT: Seamfix]

Have you ever wondered about the role of NIN in Nigeria when it comes to insecurity? In Nigeria, the terrible problem of abduction has spread, with victims being taken from throughout the country—from schools and train stations to houses and roads. Some families manage to secure their loved ones’ release by paying substantial ransoms, but others are left to deal with the devastating loss of a family member. For example, the Aziegbemi family in Benin City recently faced the difficult challenge of obtaining N500 million as a ransom for the release of Dr Tony Aziegbemi, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman of the Edo chapter. Similar to this, the enormous ransom sought prevented the family of Abdullahi Saadu in Ilorin, Kwara, from negotiating the release of their daughter, Aisha.

NIN-SIM Integration: A Solution to Enhance Security

Nigeria has led the way in efforts to create a dependable national digital identification system through the National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) linking policy in response to these security breaches. This policy’s main objective is to improve national security while fostering a safe and inclusive digital society. Nigeria still has a lot of obstacles to overcome, though, including the inability to accurately identify some of these criminals who use telecom services to conduct ransom negotiations.

The Association of Licenced Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) Chairman, Gbenga Adebayo, states that as of February 2024, there were around 224 million active lines in Nigeria, 12 million of which were not yet connected to NIN. According to Adebayo, increasing public participation and knowledge is essential to promoting adherence to and acceptance of the NIN-SIM policy. In a similar vein, cybersecurity specialist Dr Emeka Nwosu suggests improving the verification procedure when registering a SIM card to guarantee that users enter accurate personal data associated with their NIN. He claims that this can assist in determining the source of calls made by kidnappers that are anonymous.

NIN in Nigeria: Challenges and Recommendations

Although there are undoubtedly obstacles in the way of the NIN-SIM integration policy’s execution, there are also obvious solutions. In order to boost compliance, Adebayo emphasises the value of public awareness initiatives and the necessity for citizens to comprehend the relevance of connecting their SIM cards to their NIN. In order to increase accuracy and efficiency, Dr Nwosu emphasises the need for improved verification processes and recommends the use of cutting-edge technology tools like biometric authentication systems and artificial intelligence. Moreover, the timely sharing of information regarding suspicious activities depends on cooperation between the government, law enforcement, and telecommunications firms.

Conclusion

Nigeria’s NIN-SIM integration strategy is a critical step in improving security and preventing kidnapping. Although there are still issues, such as the requirement for a more reliable digital verification system and the significance of public awareness campaigns, the policy has the ability to greatly enhance the security environment in the nation. Through the implementation of the recommendations and resolution of the problems, law enforcement agencies can augment their capacity to detect, monitor, and apprehend persons implicated in abduction operations, thereby augmenting public safety and security.

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