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FG Extends NIN-SIM Linkage Deadline To May 6

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The Federal Government has extended the deadline for linking Subscriber Identification Modules with valid National Identity Numbers by one month.

It announced the extension on Friday in a statement issued in Abuja by the spokesperson of the National Identity Management Commission, Kayode Adegoke.

The deadline was extended from April 6, 2021, to May 6, 2021, after participants at the meeting of the Ministerial Task Force on NIN-SIM data linkage agreed to have an extension of the process.

The statement read in part, “The meeting took place on Thursday, April 1, 2021, and approval was given to extend the period of the NIN-SIM linkage to the 6th of May, 2021.

“The request for the extension was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it.”

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, chaired the meeting.

The meeting was attended by key stakeholders, including the NIMC, Nigerian Communications Commission, National Information Technology Development Agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria Immigration Service and the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria.

Others include the managing directors of MTN, Airtel, EMTS (9Mobile), NTEL, Spectranet and SMILE, as well as the chief operating officer of Glo.

The statement also stated that based on the updates of the NIN registration process, over 51 million people had been assigned NINs.

“There are many people who have enrolled and are in the process of being assigned NINs,” it stated.

The statement added, “With each individual having an average of three to four SIMs, the total number of SIMs tied to NINs would close to the total number of registered SIMs in the country.”

It said the current number of monthly enrollments had increased significantly to about 2.6 million registrations.

“There has also been a remarkable increase in the number of enrolment centres across the country with about 3,800 centres available for enrollments,” it stated.

The NIMC said there were also many more new centres in the pipeline.

On December 15, 2020, the Federal Government declared that after December 30, 2020, all SIMs that were not registered with valid NINs on the network of telecommunications companies would be blocked.

It later extended the December 30, 2020, deadline following widespread opposition against the earlier announcement and gave three weeks’ extension for subscribers with NIN from December 30, 2020, to January 19, 2021.

It also gave six weeks’ extension for subscribers without NIN from December 30, 2020, to February 9, 2021.

But many organisations called for a further deadline extension or outright suspension of the NIN registration process due to the large crowds who had yet to get their NINs.

On February 2, 2021, the government listened to the deadline extension call and shifted it to April 6, 2021.

SOURCE: PUNCH

CRIME

Police Arrest Eight Land Grabbers In Ogun

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The men of Nigeria Police Force, Criminal Investigation Department, CID Headquarters Abuja has arrested Alhaji Shesan Mustapha Jamiu 48, Jimoh Saka 45, Folaromi Ashorobi 45, Kazeem Ilori 40, Dare Shoyami, Wasiu Ahmed 27, Onikoyi Saheed, Bankole Wasiu 20 for allegedly invading and distrupting peace in Oko-Iwaju, Makun area of Sagamu, Ogun State today.

According to Prince Yomi Adebayo Stephen a resident of the area while speaking with Amebo Newspaper NG, said about Fourteen land grabbers led by one Wale Bello invaded Oko Iwaju, Makun Sagamu community in Ogun State with arms and ammunition today in the move to forcefully take charge of people’s properties but the police apprehended eight of them with their sophisticated weapons.

Meanwhile, same grabbers was said to have striked in mass three weeks back leaving one Lukman Kareem with high degree of injury, his left eye was damaged by the gang, while several people were also injured and displaced.

 

 

 

 

Photo of Lukman Kareem after the invasion of the grabbers

From indication, the hoodlums are contacting the top police officers in Ogun State command to secure their bail after all the degrees of attocities committed by them in the community.

When our correspondent contacted DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun Command, he said if the arrest is from Force Headquarters in Abuja, that no need of contacting the state command before the police officers perform their duties.

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Popular Actor-Politician, Desmond Elliot Lands In Trouble Again

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TRIXX NG Reports that popular actor cum politician, Desmond Elliot has landed in fresh trouble as he is being dragged on twitter at the moment.

This dragging started since morning when a popular critic of his asked a twitter user to come to surulere so he can flush her down in Desmond Elliot’s toilet.

It will be recalled that Desmond Elliot since he became a politician is popular for commissioning a toilet in his constituency in Surulere, and he is always being dragged for that.

Just for that singular tweet made by his critic, his name has been scatter all over the social media for the wrong reasons.

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Firstbank Hosts Webinar To Sensitise Individuals And Businesses On Staying Protected In The Information Age

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s leading financial inclusion services provider has announced a webinar to sensitise individuals and businesses with useful information on being protected in today’s digital age.

 

The virtual event is scheduled to hold by noon on Friday, 16 April 2021 with “Staying Protected Amidst the Pandemic Chaos” being the topic to be discussed at the event. Registration is ongoing for the event via the link https://firstbanknigeria.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PUnqA7enTMG8o0OfOaWxlg

 

Today’s world, largely referred to as the digital age has been influenced by information technology which has optimised the way we carry out our individual and business activities.

 

However, the current age has been marred by illicit activities like identity theft, internet fraud amongst many others which poses a risk to the safety of individuals and businesses. Attending the webinar will have participants knowledgeably equipped with vital information that will ensure they make informed decisions, thereby promoting their safety whilst staying protected against possible risks and malicious attacks.

 

Tope Aladenusi, Chief Strategy Officer & Cyber Risk Services Leader, Deloitte West Africa; Confidence Staveley, Cyber Security Evangelist/ Founder, Cybersafe Foundation and Harrison Nnaji, Chief Information Security Officer, FirstBank will lead the discussion at the event.

 

Speaking on the planned Webinar, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, CEO of FirstBank Group noted that “the world as a global village is associated with not just benefits but also risks of cyberattack and for individuals, businesses and governments to make the best out of the digital and online opportunities, they need to be deliberate in protecting themselves against cybersecurity threats”.

He further noted that, “in today’s digital age, which the pandemic has accelerated the embrace, cyberattacks are occurring at an alarming rate across the world. As such, no individual, business or government entity with digital and online presence is immune to cyberattacks; and the financial, physical and legal implications of an attack can be significantly upsetting.’’

In concluding, he enjoined everyone to participate in the forthcoming webinar as it is a viable opportunity to stay informed whilst being abreast with current trends that are pivotal to promoting safety in today’s world that is driven by information technology”.

 

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