The Nigerian Government has stated its safety companies have entry to info on Nigerians via their cell phones.
Pantami, nevertheless, famous that as a minister, he couldn’t grant requests for such private info from people and teams.
He described cellphone conversations and cellphone numbers as confidential as stipulated in Section 38 and 39 of the Nigeria Constitution.
According to him, it’s the Cybercrime 2015 Act and different comparable laws of the fee that grant the federal government to the facility to offer biodata of people via interception by safety companies.
He recognized the police and the Department of State Services (DSS) as able to offering such info when it entails safety of lives and property.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami disclosed this on Tuesday on the launch of the Strategic Vision Plan 2021- 2025, organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in Abuja.
The minister additionally famous that it’s typically not simple to get the biodata or info on bandits as a result of they use their victims’ telephones to name their households to demand ransom.
He stated, “If somebody is kidnapped, it is not your right to write to NCC, the supervisory minister or ministry to request for the identity of the number. When something happens and a phone number is involved, your function is to transmit that number to security agencies like the police or DSS, go to them to state what happened and they know the procedure which they communicate to the NCC or technology agencies, it is their mandate to provide what is required.
“If we say that anybody can approach us for biodata of any SIM, definitely, it is going to be abused, it is because of this that it is only the security institutions that have the power to ask for that information.”
“Today, criminals mount roadblocks on the highways and seize telephones from travellers, sometimes they use the phones to contact their relatives. When it is presented, you will discover that the information is of the kidnapped victims but not the kidnappers,” he added.
Pantami’s previous name to Jihad and unalloyed help for murderous teams just like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda painting him as a dyed-in-the-wool Islamic fundamentalist.
Yet, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him as communications minister to regulate the nation’s large knowledge and phone infrastructure and different delicate particulars of nationwide intelligence.
The President additionally not too long ago stood by the minister after his previous help for terrorist teams turned public data.
“This jihad is an obligation for each single believer, particularly in Nigeria,’’ Pantami stated in certainly one of his vicious preachings within the 2000s.
“Oh God, give victory to the Taliban and al-Qaeda (Allahumma’ nṣur Ṭālibān wa-tanẓīm al Qā‘ida).”