NCC directed to block 9m unregistered SIM cards in Nigeria

NCC directed to block 9m unregistered SIM cards in Nigeria

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has been directed to block over Nine million SIM cards that were not properly registered.

The directive was given by the Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Patami shortly after his resumption of office.

Patami’s directive was made available  on Thursday, in a statement signed by the spokesman of the minister, Uwa Suleiman, in which he said that the report signed by the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission contained precise figures of improperly registered SIM cards in use around the country.

The Commission in its report disclosed that an estimated nine million two hundred thousand (9.2M) SIM cards did not comply with the proper procedures of SIM registration.

The investigation which was carried out at the behest of the minister, has exposed for the first time in the Telecomms history of Nigeria, in precise detail, the magnitude of defaulters. 

The minister expressed concern over the security implication of this discovery and further directed that the Telecomms regulator, should with immediate effect, ensure that all improperly registered numbers are duly reregistered.

“To ensure maximum compliance, Dr Pantami, has directed NCC to ensure all mobile network operators block all SIM cards that do not meet proper registration standards until users comply with proper reregistration procedures. 

“The security implication of this irregularity is too grave to ignore and the Federal Ministry of Communications will not tolerate any actions or inactions that will compromise the nation’s security,” the statement read.

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