Pantami who introduced NIN to curb insecurity, facilitates N50m ransom for kidnappers

Isa Pantami, a former minister of Communication and Digital Economy, has facilitated a N50 million ransom payment for kidnappers.

TODAY POLITICS recalled that the former minister during the President Muhammadu Buhari administration introduced the National Identity Number (NIN), urging Nigerians to link their sim cards to it or have them barred.

The widely criticised initiative at the time, according to the then-minister, will aid security agencies in identifying and tracking down masterminds of insecurity in the country.

But on Sunday, Mr Pantami announced that he has facilitated part of a ransom payment for the release of a lady identified only as Nabeeha and five of her sisters who were abducted by kidnappers in their house in Abuja on January 9, 2024.

In a post he made on X, Sunday evening the former minister said after discussing with the father of those abducted, a friend of his has agreed to donate part of the requested ransom.

“I spoke with a friend and a brother who offered to pay the remaining 50 million Naira of the 60m immediately,” he announced. “I conveyed the account number of the father of our daughters, Mansoor Al-Kadriyar, to the friend and brother to send the money directly.”

Also, TODAY POLITICS observed that Nigerians from the North are massively mobilising to stage a protest and register their displeasure over the security situation in their domain, an act they frowned at when their kinsman, former President Muhammadu Buhari, was in power despite the worsening insecurity.