NCC To Block Over 9million Unregistered SIM Cards As Directed By FG

The Federal Government said it has now ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to block over 9.2 million unregistered SIM Cards. Those SIM Cards were discovered to have been improperly registered, and are going to be deactivated by service providers in the country.
The Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami on Thursday in Abuja ordered the telecommunications operators (MTN, Airtel, Globacom and 9mobile) and the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that the Subscribers Identification Numbers (SIM) cards are removed from the country's telecommunications radar until the owners present themselves for proper documentations.

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 Telecoms history of Nigeria, in precise detail the magnitude of defaulters.

Reacting to the report, The Minister expressed concern over the security implication of thus discovery and further directed that the Telecoms should with immediate effect, ensure that all improperly registered numbers are duly re-registered to ensure maximum compliance.

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. He said.

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