Saturday, March 7, 2020

Nigerian government to go after users of unregistered SIMs

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has vowed to nab users of unregistered SIM cards.

The Executive Vice Chairman of the commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, said the commission will collaborate with security agencies in achieving its target.

Speaking in an interview with journalists after the NCC special day at the ongoing Kaduna International Trade Fair, the NCC boss, who was represented by the commission’s Director of Zonal Operations, Hajiya Amina Shehu, said the commission’s target is to ensure that all SIM card are registered.

He said: “If a SIM owner has his or her details registered on the SIM, it is very crucial in assisting the security operatives in nabbing perpetrators of evil using the sim.

“There are laws on the registration of SIM card and we have a department at the commission called compliance, monitoring and enforcement.  That department is actually for enforcement and making sure that all networks or individuals that do not register, or they register wrongly, particularly if you register with an intent to perpetrate any criminal, be handed over to the security operatives because we don’t have the mandate to do what the security operatives are doing.

“We have effective collaboration and partnership with the security operatives to nab some of these people who register wrongly. Some do multiple registration with a bad intent.”