Saturday, September 25, 2021

NCC Nabs 5 Suspects Over Fraudulently-registered SIM Cards



The executive vice chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has arrested five people for allegedly engaging in fraudulent registration and selling of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.


The operation carried out by a joint team from the compliance monitoring and enforcement department of the commission, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in the Wuse area of Abuja was part of the NCC’s routine enforcement activities to sanitise the industry of criminal elements.


The arrested suspects were subsequently handed over to the NSCDC Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command, Wuse, Abuja for further investigation with respect to the allegations levelled against them.

Commenting on the operation, NCC’s head of enforcement, Salisu Abdu who led the joint enforcement exercise, said pre-registering a SIM card is an offence punishable under relevant regulations in the telecom sector and constitutes a breach of national security.

“It is criminal and fraudulent to pre-register a SIM card in Nigeria and it is an offence punishable under the law. Though the Federal Government recently lifted the ban on sale of new SIM cards, it should be noted that proper registration of SIM cards and linking them to National Identity Number (NIN) before activation has now become a prerequisite,” he said.

Abdu warned those who are engaged in the unlawful registration of SIM cards to desist from the illegal act, saying the commission would continue to collaborate with relevant law enforcement agencies in its routine enforcement activities in order to rid the industry of individuals who have resolved to contravene SIM registration regulations.
A statement by the commission’s director of public affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, said enforcement activities would continue in other locations across the FCT and other states of the country.

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