Friday, 14 August 2015

Briefly: Why NCC Ordered Deactivation of Unregistered Sim Cards

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), on Thursday stated that it ordered telecommunication companies to deactivate unregistered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards to correct anomalies within the system.


In a statement signed by Mr. Tony Ojobo, the Commission’s Director of Public Affairs, in Abuja, he said the deactivation exercise as ordered by NCC was a result of the outcome of the meeting with the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), the Department of State Service (DSS), NCC and the telecom operators.


According to him, the deactivation is part of the security measure to check incessant cases of crimes with the use of mobile phones. People hide under anonymity to commit crimes, because their lines are not registered, but all that has to change as the network operators have been told what to do.

He added that operators were therefore given one-week ultimatum to deactivate unregistered and improperly registered SIM cards. Ojobo, however said   that it is only those subscribers who registered their SIM cards properly that will have them reactivated. Proper registration means a subscriber’s facial picture, biometrics, finger prints, valid means of identification, address, among others are properly captured,” Ojobo said.

Credit : ThisDay

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