Ministerial Screening: How phones can be used to track kidnappers — Nominee

Mr Sunday Dare, one of the 43 ministerial nominees, in response to questions from the lawmakers during the screening exercise on Thursday spoke on how phones can be used to track kidnappers.

Mr Dare, currently an Executive Commissioner at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), explained possible steps to take to negotiations made by kidnappers via phone while answering the question posed by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

He stated that kidnapping has been a worry to not just regulators but Nigerian citizens as well. According to him, arresting kidnapping requires a collaborative effort.

“We have a sim registration database inclusive of 172 million subscribers, providing the necessary biometrics of the users after which we began a process of verification and screening.

“In the last three years, we have worked with NIMC to scrub data and get them back. We have done over 50 million and have captured at least 85 per cent of every sim in this country in terms of registration…

“Until the kidnapping is done, until phone call is made, no software to monitor 172 million users,” he explained.

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