FG Reveals How Many Sim Cards That Can Be Linked To One NIN Number

The federal government has revealed that Nigerians can link up to seven SIM cards to one National Identification Number on the National Identity Management Commission Mobile App. This was disclosed on Friday, January 8, by the minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, Punch reports. He said: "You will be able to link up to seven SIM numbers to only one. I have already downloaded the app, launched the app, and already linked some of my numbers immediately. This is part of digitalisation." Pantami said the ministry, NIMC and telecommunication operators would review the entire NIN linkage to SIM cards by network users if fresh lockdown is imposed in the country. Meanwhile, he said enrolment for the National Identification Number (NIN) should not consume the time of the applicants. The minister made this known on Friday, January 8, during a programme on Channels TV, adding that the enrolment should not take more than five minutes. Pantami further stated

US Mourns

The United States Army has reported the loss of a Special Forces officer who was killed in a non-combat accident in Niger on Thursaday, February 2.

Army Times reports that Warrant Officer 1 Shawn Thomas, 35, was killed in a vehicle...
accident in Niger, according to a statement released by US Africa Command.

Another soldier was injured in the accident, which occurred during a “routine administrative movement” between partner force outposts, the release stated.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to their families during this difficult time,” the Africa Command release stated.
Thomas was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
A spokesman for 3rd Special Forces Group could not be reached to offer details on the nature of the mission or type of vehicle Thomas and the other soldier rode at the time of the accident.

Niger is a hub for special operations forces to train partner nations in north and west Africa to counter extremist groups and militants, such as the Boko Haram group based in neighboring Nigeria.
US forces conduct drone operations from the capital in Niamey, though a surveillance complex built in Agadez in central Niger is expected to handle the reconnaissance activity this year, Stars and Stripes reported in October.