Abuja - The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has started a clampdown on unlicensed subscriber identity module (SIM) cards registration centres in Abuja and its environs, Nation reports.
The commission warned that operators found wanting of complicity in the act would be sanctioned heavily.
Assistant Director in Charge of Enforcement for the body, 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.
The Commission had last week warned telecoms operators and dealers to desist from selling pre-registered SIM cards in the open market according to News24.
Such conduct is in violation of the law.
The commission also notified the public to stop purchasing pre-registered SIM cards and insist on being registered personally for any new SIM card purchased.
- News 24