- MTN, Glo, Airtel, and 9mobile have been contacted to request that their phone lines be unlocked.
- Authorities have directed mobile service providers to swiftly unlock their customers’ phones.
- COSMBYLA, the Coalition of Southern and Middle Belt Youth Leaders Assembly, urges Nigerians who are unable to use their phones because their lines are not connected to their National Identification Number, or NIN, to get their lines unblocked as soon as feasible.
- According to report, about 72 million Nigerians are no longer permitted to make phone calls as a result of a decision by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.
- Pantami and NIMC CEO Aliyu Azeez Abubakar have been accused of conspiring to deprive several Nigerians of their numerous sources of income.
Mobile service providers have been ordered by authorities to quickly unlock their phone connections.
COSMBYLA, the Coalition of Southern and Middle Belt Youth Leaders Assembly, wants Nigerians who aren’t allowed to use their phones because they didn’t connect their lines with the National Identification Number, or NIN, to be unblocked by the Federal Government as soon as possible, so they can use their phones.
Following a decision by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, reports says that around 72 million Nigerians are no longer allowed to make phone calls.
According to COSMBYLA, many Nigerians have been unable to get into their businesses because of this. An accusation made by the coalition’s president general, Goodluck Ibem, claimed the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) officials responsible for NIN generation have been coercing subscribers who want to restore their line.
However, Goodluck Ibem Pantami and NIMC CEO Aliyu Azeez Abubakar have been called out for their alleged roles in a scheme to cut off some Nigerians from their various sources of income.
Pantami is the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, and Abubakar is CEO of NIMC. As the statement adds, “Nigerians who relied on phone calls to feed their families are no longer able to make outbound calls since their lines have been blocked.”
There are lengthy lines at NIN registration centres, making it impossible for Nigerians to register, hence the NIMC officers demand bribes. In addition, to raise the extortion rate, the NIMC will take advantage of the telecom providers’ decision to block outbound calls from all lines that aren’t linked to each other.
Accordingly some there have been some rising displeasing comments from prosoective regisrars on NIN saying: “the fact that the FG will turn a blind eye to such a high-level scam and act as if nothing is wrong speaks volumes about the federal government’s culpability”.
NIMC officials should cease extorting Nigerians by unblocking their phone lines immediately. – A prospective regisrar adds