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Today's Headlines: Nigerians without NIN risk 14 years imprisonment, IPOB will avenge killing-Kanu

1) Nigerians Yet To Register For National ID Number Risk 14 Years Imprisonment –Minister

Ali Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, says Nigerians yet to obtain their National Identification Number (NIN) risk up to 14 years imprisonment as stipulated by the Nigerian constitution.

Pantami said while owning a SIM card is optional, the NIN is mandatory as a lot of transactions are not supposed to be carried out without NIN.

The minister disclosed this at a State House press briefing on Thursday.

He added that 51 million Nigerians had registered for their NIN as of March 31, 2021.

According to Pantami, there are 189 million registered subscriber identification module (SIM) cards in the country.

2) Nigerian govt orders GoTv, Startimes to migrate to FreeTV platform

The Federal Government has directed two PayTv platforms, GoTv and Startimes, to migrate their signals from self-carrying to any of the two licensed FreeTv signal distributors.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, gave the order on Thursday in Abuja, saying the directive was in line with the Digital Switch Over (DSO) process.

He said DSO was the process of transiting from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting, which the country set April 29 for the resumption of the second phase roll-out, in the remaining 31 states.

The first phase of the rollout had covered the Federal Capital Territory, Plateau, Kaduna, Kwara, Osun, and Enugu States.

3) Niger Governor, Security Agencies Know Bandits’ Camp In Kagara, But Ignoring It – Resident

A resident of Kagara, Niger State has revealed that the security situation in the area has worsened as residents have been living in fear of the unknown since the attack on students of Government Science Secondary School on February 17.

At least 27 students were abducted on the said date alongside three staff members and 12 members of their families, when gunmen, wearing military uniforms, stormed the school in the early hours of the morning while one student was killed during the abduction.

4) Notorious Chadian, Issa who supplies drugs to Boko Haram busted

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has arrested a notorious 35-year-old Chadian who sells narcotics to Boko Haram insurgents in Taraba State with assorted drugs.

This is barely a week after operatives of the NDLEA, arrested a 70-year-old Nigerien who supplies Boko Haram and bandits illicit drugs.

The suspect, Adama Uomar Issa, was arrested on Wednesday, 31st March, 2021 in Jalingo, Taraba State with 21.70Kg of Tramadol 225mg and 250mg. Also seized from him were 15.7Kg of Exol.5; 100,050 France CAF and N61, 000.

5) Don’t Allow Mischief Makers Divide Us – Buhari Tells Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to remain united and not allow mischief-makers to divide the country.

Buhari made this called in his Easter message released through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, tagged “President Buhari felicitates with Christians at Easter”.

The statement quoted Buhari as saying that, “We should not allow the antics of a few mischief mongers to fragment the unity and faith that the vast majority of citizens of this country cherish and believe in.”

“As I have said before, we are better and stronger as one nation under God.

6) Ebonyi, Enugu massacre: IPOB’s ESN will avenge killings – Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Thursday vowed that the Eastern Security Network, ESN, would avenge the killings in Ebonyi and Enugu States.

Kanu alleged that the killings in Enugu and Ebonyi States have exposed the fact that security agents are working with killer herders in the Southeast.

The IPOB leader stressed that security agents are allegedly covering up killer herdsmen.

Kanu, who spoke through IPOB’s National Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, wondered why security agents have not been able to apprehend those responsible for the massacre

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