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Nigerians call for tech to combat insecurity

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Recent kidnapping has sparked a stronger call for implementing tech.

The alarming rise in insecurity across Nigeria has resulted in a drastic upswing in the kidnapping of innocent civilians by kidnappers, as well as armed bandits and terrorist insurgents. Over the past few weeks, people residing in Abuja, have been gripped by fear due to the escalating number of assaults and kidnappings witnessed in the area. In addition to the Abuja scenarios, cases of kidnapping for ransom remain prevalent in Kaduna, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Zamfara, and various other regions within the country. Besides this alarming issue, terrorists continue to carry out fatal attacks on Nigerian citizens, with particular focus on the North-central areas.

Most recent of these is the incident that occurred on Christmas Eve in the Plateau State’s local government areas of Mangu, Bokkos, and Barkin-Ladi. These current distressing scenarios have stirred up widespread questioning among Nigerians about the effectiveness of employing technology in the country’s ongoing fight with insecurity. Among the initiatives undertaken by the government thus far was the implementation of the NIN-SIM linking scheme, designed to bolster security endeavors. Nigerians are increasingly urging the government to improve their utilization of technology in the battle against insecurity, given the ongoing challenges faced in the security landscape.

Employing tech will aid the strive to create a safer environment.

Citizens stress the vital role of cutting-edge technology and seamless data merging in strengthening the nation’s security infrastructure. underscoring the significance of technology, they pinpoint the necessity for a holistic and interconnected framework capable of efficiently tracking and monitoring criminal activities. Even with the NIN-SIM linkage measures in place, the recent kidnapping has sparked a stronger call for the implementation of advanced technology to address Nigeria’s security challenges. Nigerians posit that employing technological advancements will enable the country to stay ahead of criminals, thereby aid in the strive to create a safer environment for everyone.

In a recent statement made on his X account, Ali Isa Pantami, the former Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, claimed that the recent increase in kidnappings can be directly linked to the ineffective implementation of the NIN-SIM policy by security personnel. This policy was actively pursued during Pantami’s tenure. He expressed these views in response to concerns raised about the policy’s effectiveness amidst the ongoing security challenges faced by the nation. Pantami countered the criticisms by asserting the efficacy of the policy, exemplifying three distinct instances where its implementation directly facilitated the accomplishments of various operations.

Govt urged Nigerians to stop paying ransom to kidnappers.

He proposed that inquiries be directed towards the relevant organizations dedicated to combating criminal activities, emphasizing the need to maximize the effectiveness of policy implementation, especially in the context of addressing criminal incidents. Speaking during the Federal Executive Council meeting held in Abuja last week, Minister of Defense, Mohammed Badaru urged Nigerians to stop providing ransom payments to both kidnappers and bandits. Badaru noted that yielding to these demands may inadvertently fuel the criminal’s appetite for more, ultimately jeopardizing the safety of the public. Furthermore, he underlined that paying ransoms to kidnappers directly violates Nigerian legislation.

According to him, President Bola Tinubu had a critical discussion with service chiefs recently, instructing security agencies to intensify their efforts in eliminating the individuals behind criminal activities in society, as observed by Badaru. Lamenting the absence of an adequate database in the nation, Lai Omotola, the group managing director of Masters Reality International Concepts Ltd., held the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) — accountable for this shortfall. Omotola said the inadequate performance of the commission has resulted in security agencies facing challenges in tracking criminals within the nation.

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Omotola expressed her concern about the incomplete inclusion of Nigerians in the database, saying that a robust database is required to effectively monitor the security situation in the country. Addressing the difficulties in apprehending criminals listed in the database, Omotola stressed that inadequate tracking equipment and personnel were significant hurdles faced by security agencies. When it comes to the matter of providing ransom in exchange for hostages, he said that when security measures fall short, the subsequent priority is to safeguard lives. He contended that if the government is incapable of halting kidnapping incidents, they cannot forbid Nigerians from paying a ransom.

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1 month ago

Nigerians call for tech to combat insecurity.Recent kidnapping has sparked a stronger call for implementing tech. – Express your point of view.

1 month ago

To fight insecurity, Nigerians demand technology. Current abductions have intensified the demand for putting into practice Our society’s fabric has been profoundly impacted by the insecurity issue. In order to combat this insecurity as soon as feasible, we can employ technology.

1 month ago

That Nigerians are realizing the value of technology in thwarting insecurity is commendable. Enhancing security measures and speeding up response times can be greatly aided by technology. The options are endless, ranging from mobile apps for event reporting to surveillance systems.

Adeoye Adegoke
1 month ago

I completely understand why Nigerians are calling for the use of technology to combat insecurity, especially in light of recent kidnappings. Technology has the potential to play a crucial role in enhancing security measures and addressing the challenges we face.
Implementing tech solutions can provide various benefits in the fight against insecurity. For example, surveillance systems with advanced cameras and sensors can help monitor vulnerable areas and detect suspicious activities. Additionally, the use of drones can aid in gathering real-time intelligence and conducting aerial surveillance, making it easier to track and apprehend criminals.
Furthermore, mobile apps and emergency response systems can help citizens quickly report incidents and seek assistance. These platforms can facilitate faster communication between individuals and security agencies, enabling a more efficient response to emergencies.
However, it’s important to note that technology alone is not a panacea for all security issues. It should be seen as a complementary tool to existing security measures and strategies. Adequate training and capacity building for security personnel are crucial to ensure effective utilization of these technological advancements.

1 month ago

The security situation in Nigeria is deeply troubling, and many Nigerians, including myself, are increasingly emphasizing the importance of leveraging advanced technology to combat the rising challenges of kidnappings and criminal activities. There’s a call for a more interconnected and technology-driven approach to enhance our nation’s security infrastructure. The recent discussions about the NIN-SIM policy and ransom payments underscore the urgent need for effective strategies to ensure the safety of citizens. The government’s efforts and the role of relevant agencies like NIMC are crucial, and we hope for decisive actions to address these pressing issues.