By  Chris Ochayi

ABUJA—In a move to curtail insurgency and other criminal challenges confronting the country, the National Population Commission, NPC, has commenced a comprehensive biometric capturing of all Nigerians, with a view to allocating every Nigerian number that would be associated with him or her from birth to death.

Crowd at the  Abubakar Gunmi Central Market in Kaduna State on June 24 after relaxation of 24hrs curfew engendered  by multiple bomb attacks which killed many in the state  Photo by Olu Ajayi.
File photo: Crowd at the Abubakar Gunmi Central Market in Kaduna State Photo by Olu Ajayi.

Chairman, NPC, Chief Festus Odimegwu, who disclosed this in Abuja, said the biometric capturing would also be applied to all people resident in Nigeria.

He said the biometric identification would help to streamline the avalanche of foreigners into the country and reduce the scope of kidnapping, armed robbery and Boko Haram sect’s activities in the country.

He said: “We are going to do for the first time in Nigeria a comprehensive biometric census. To record all Nigerians, their biometrics, give them one number that will follow them from birth to death.”

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