Don’t Dare Disconnect Our SIM Cards— Soldiers Warn Nigerian Government Over National Identification Number-SIM Verification Deadline

Some troopers serving within the Northeastern a part of the nation have advised the Nigerian authorities to rethink its latest deadline for NIN-SIM knowledge verification.

This comes because the Federal authorities introduced an extension of the deadline for National Identification Number-SIM knowledge verification to July 26.

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But troopers in North-East Borno have warned that their SIM playing cards should not be disconnected as that’s the solely technique of communication with their members of the family and family members. 

They acknowledged that the federal government can insist on the deadline provided that provisions may be made for National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) officers to get to the troopers based mostly within the bush, which could not be doable as a result of safety threats. 

One of the affected troopers who spoke with SaharaReporters mentioned, “Many soldiers are not happy, we are not happy with the decision of the federal government on the issue of NIN linkage with SIM cards and they are giving July 26 deadline. As useless as the Nigerian government is, it has refused to understand that there are soldiers who have been in the bush for more than a year without seeing their families and the SIM cards are the only means of communicating with our families and sending money to them. Now, the government is talking about blocking it without considering that there are people in the bush.”

“It will take a journey of more than two days from the bush before I will locate Maiduguri town, the journey is by bus not on foot. The government is not considering this. Many soldiers are lamenting, we are not happy at all. If the NIMC blocks our SIM cards, I don’t know what will be our fate, do you know how many soldiers are in the North-East? 

“Seventy-five percent of Nigerian soldiers are in Maiduguri, just in one state, and we are in the bush and now the NIMC is talking about blocking SIM cards without considering people that have been serving their country for years, with no means to see their families, they shouldn’t try it,” one other soldier mentioned. 

When requested if there was a means NIMC officers may conduct the verification train for troopers with out the army personnel having to go away their obligation posts, he mentioned, “There are many bushes they will pass through before getting here. Civilians cannot even use the road. Even if they can get here, how about soldiers in other locations? What will they do? This thing is going to cause a problem in this country.”

In December 2020, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) urged each Nigerian to get a National Identification Number and submit it to their community operators.

The fee additionally introduced the suspension of sale and reactivation of recent SIM playing cards due to an audit of the subscriber registration database.

A press release by Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC director for public affairs mentioned the directive grew to become crucial in opposition to the background of the “preponderance of pre-registered SIMs with the attendant security implications associated with the use of same to facilitate criminal activities”.

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