The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Sunday warned those hawking pre-registered SIM cards that it would not be business as usual, as it would apply the full weight of the law on them.
This is despite the raids carried out by the commission this year.
The cautionary words were made by the NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management Mr. Sunday Dare, while speaking with The Nation on the monitoring of compliance and enforcement of SIM Registration activities by NCC.
Dare maintained that those selling and buying pre-registered SIM cards were breaking the law, adding that the imposition of sanctions on perpetrators of illegal activities would continue.
He said prosecution of offenders would be stepped up in a final push to curb the menace because of its security implications.
He further warned the culprits that the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Nigerian Communications Commission and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps will boost operations in this area.
The executive commissioner also said several joint raids and arrests have also been made.
“This is a continuous exercise until we get to zero level. There is a renewed push and soon virtually all pre-registered SIM cards will be unplugged from the country’s mobile networks through the new technological solution the commission will soon put in place,” he said.