The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has begun a crackdown on illegal and unlicensed SIM card registration centres in Abuja, warning that any agent found wanting would be dealt with appropriately.
This disclosure was made by Mr. Salisu Abdullahi, the assistant director (enforcement) of the Commission, during the closure of the offices of illegal SIM card registration agents at Wuse Market, Abuja.
Abdullahi stressed that for some time now the NCC has been trying to apply the SIM regulation so that all SIMs are duly registered, but there have been reports that people were registering SIM cards and selling them to the general public.
According to him, the clampdown on illegal dealers and centres became necessary following its tendency to compromise national security.
He 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.