Afenifere to FG:  Use SIM cards, NIN to track kidnappers

The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural and socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Sunday, asked the federal government to use data gathered through the registration of SIM cards and National Identification Number (NIN) to track kidnappers, their hideouts, their sponsors and collaborators.

Afenifere stated this in a statement by its national leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, which was made available to journalists by the Afenifere national publicity secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi.

The organisation maintained this became necessary in view of the need to halt the incessant kidnapping as well as avoidable loss of lives to banditry that is now rampant.

It pointed out that the time has come for the federal and state governments as well as security agencies in the country to double their efforts towards putting a stop to kidnapping as well as banditry in the country.

“Efforts need to be geared up to stop men and women of the underworld soonest as they are making virtually everywhere unsafe these days,” it said.

Afenifere called for immediate establishment of state and local government police, boosting the morale of security personnel with robust remuneration and equipment as well as the deployment of modern technology to comb the country’s forests and bushes.

The pan Yoruba socio-cultural and socio-political organisation in the statement also lauded governors of the South west states for adopting the Yoruba national anthem; ‘Ise wa fun ile wa’, saying the adoption of the anthem “signifies a resolve by South west governments that our region will be marching forward with unity of purpose” and that the governors should ensure ‘the anthem is learnt and recited by students in all Yoruba speaking areas and beyond.” 

Afenifere congratulated Governor Sanwo-Olu for becoming the chairman of South West Governors’ Forum and prayed that he will succeed as he enjoys the support and cooperation of his fellow governors just as his immediate predecessor, late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu did.”