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Published On: Mon, Mar 9th, 2020

NCC, security agencies partner to nab kidnappers through phone lines – Dambatta

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The Excutive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) Professor Umar Danbatta has said the Commission will partner security operatives to nab kidnappers and others who use SIM cards for wrong purposes.
He made the assertion yesterday during the 41st Kaduna International Trade Fair organized by the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, (KADCCIMA).
The Executive Vice Chairman was represented by the Director Zonal Services, Hajia Amina Shehu at the event.
When asked of what NCC is doing to apprehend kidnappers using phone calls to demand ransom after kidnapping, she said: “NCC as a regulator is doing so much with the regards to security of lives of all Nigerians.
“One of the fundamental things we are doing to nab all this evil perpetrators is to ensure that your SIM cards are captured and registered.
“We also understand that there are those who evade the registration of SIM cards. As a result of this, we have department in the organization, called a Code Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement department, responsible for making sure that people who registered wrongly or particularly with intent to perpetrate evil act are apprehended. Once we get hold of them, we do the needful. We work in partnership with security operatives to be able to nab some of the people who registered wrongly.”
Mrs. Shehu assured telecommunications consumers of better services to improve their businesses, saying the NCC as a National Telecom Regulator is a consumer-centric organisation, poised to developing Consumer Protection initiatives like Complaint Channels.
“We have developed the Do-Not-Disturb Code to stop all unsolicited messages, the Mobile Number Portability to enable changing from one service provider without changing ones’ mobile number.” He said.

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