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NCC to prosecute sim card offenders

03 May 2013, 16:30

Owerri-  The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) says it will henceforth prosecute those involved in pre-registered sim card racket.

Efosa Idehen, Head of Enforcement of NCC, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Owerri that the commission would soon commence the prosecution of those apprehended in connection with the pre-registered sim cards racket.

He said that in spite of the Federal Government’s directive, through the NCC, that individuals should register their sim cards, some people were still selling pre-registered sim cards.

He said that by doing this, such people were undermining the purpose of the sim card registration exercise.

Idehen blamed operators for failing in their responsibilities by not making adequate checks on systems for sim registration.

``The issue is that the NCC has before this time warned people associated with pre-registered sim cards to desist whether as a user, dealer or operator.

“But this time, the commission has moved away from the users, dealers and is now tracing the operators.

``The law allows questioning the operators for the pre-registration. Now, there is no hiding place for those selling pre-registered sim cards.

``People should not buy pre-registered sim cards. It is only criminals that don’t want to buy and register their own sim cards

``People should be warned that buying pre-registered sim card is a grievous offence.

“There are lots of benefits derivable from registering your own sim card. People cannot swap your sim or use your details,” he told NAN.

Idehen said that three offenders had been apprehended and would be prosecuted.

He said that some individuals had indulged in such practice in the past and thought they had escaped the wrath of the law.

He said that NCC would trace the cards to their point of origin.


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