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A Ministerial Nominee and the executive commissioner of Nigeria
communication commission, Sunday Dare today said programming module available
lacks the capacity to monitor phone lines of kidnappers through sim tracking
Dare made this disclosure during his screening at the red chamber
at the National Assembly adding that the spate of kidnapping in the country was
indeed worrisome

He said, “The issue of
kidnapping worries us, not just as regulators but also as citizens of this
country and we have watched across the country how we have seen a spike in the
level of kidnapping.
“The starting point
really is that to arrest kidnapping, it is a collaborative effort because of the
NCC as a regulator, without making any excuses, does not have prosecutorial
“But we do have what
we call the sim registration database, a database inclusive of 172 million
subscribers in this country. It is expected to have every SIM card registered
with the necessary information and data — biometrics as the case may be.”
According to him, the
operators collect the information and pass the data on to the regulator, which
begins a process of verification, otherwise known as scrubbing.
Dare explained that,
very often, the NCC finds that the biometrics are not done properly, certain
fields of the registration forms are missing, and in most cases, the pictures
used are fuzzy.
He said, “So, we have
been able to work on that process. In the last three years, we have been able
to work with NIMC. They have the equipment and the software to scrub this data
and get them back to the NCC. This is still ongoing.
“We have done well
over 50 million and the process is a bit tedious because it’s dealing with
technology but it’s being speeded up. But it’s important to make the point that
we have captured at least 85 per cent of every SIM card in this country, in
terms of registration.
“Every SIM card in use
is connected to the network. So, yes, it is possible to trace the kidnappers —
but until kidnapping occurs; until that phone call is made, there is no
real-time surveillance or software to be able to monitor 172 million lines
round the clock.”
Dare noted that,
through collaborative efforts with the office of National Security Adviser, the
Department of State Services and the police, the NCC has had telephone numbers
brought to its attention immediately.
He added, “The NCC had
gone ahead on several occasions to query the database we have and the database
the MNOs, like MTN and Glo, have and we have been able to extract the needed
information, pass the information in real-time to the DSS and security agencies
and we have had several apprehensions.
“It is difficult for
me to disclose the process of triangulation and the other processes that ONSA
and the rest go through but I know that we are working towards creating a more robust system, leveraging on technology.

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