Wednesday, September 7, 2016

NCC Begins Closure Of Pre-Registered SIM Cards Centre

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has started a clampdown on unlicensed subcsriber identity module (SIM) cards registration centres in Abuja and its environs.

The communication body has also warned that operators found wanting of complicity in the act would be sanctioned heavily. Its Assistant Director in Charge of Enforcement, Salisu Abdu, said the clampdown was coming after  repeated warnings of by Commission to operators, their dealers and agents.

He said the Commission had to do the follow up given the fact that the activities of the unlicensed centres could compromise the security of the country. Speaking with reporters, Abdu said:

Today we have gone to MTN premises; we are now in Wuse market, the purpose of the exercise is all about SIM registration. For some time, NCC has been trying to apply the SIM regulation so that all SIMs are duly registered.
However, we have been having report that people are registering SIM cards and selling it to the general public. There is serious danger in doing that perhaps, it compromises national security. So we have gotten report that in so many locations in Abuja and nationwide this activity is on-going.
Earlier on we were doing this exercise and we have mopped unregistered SIM cards in the market, however it has come back again. Fine and sanction have been applied and despite all efforts today we still find SIM cards in our market. That is the purpose of this exercise today.

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