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NCC deactivates 2.2m SIM cards nationwide

Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC has deactivated 2.2 million improperly registered Subscriber Identification Module, SIM, cards from all telecommunication networks nationwide.

The Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made this known in a statement in Abuja through its Director of Public Affairs, Dr Henry Nkemadu.

Prof. Danbatta said the commission’s effort in this regard was in line with a key agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari to strengthen the security of lives and property for all Nigerians.

The executive vice-chairman explained that this would ensure that the over 184 million registered SIM cards currently on Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) networks had valid data that were traceable and not anonymous.

According to him, our efforts received a boost, following the implementation of a September 12, 2019, ministerial directive that the NCC should compel service providers to block all improperly-registered SIM cards, pending when their owners regularise their registration.

He also recalled that the commission, in June 2019, began the second round of comprehensive verification audit of MNOs’ SIM card registration as part of the commission’s regulatory interventions.

The executive vice-chairman said the regulations were the setting up of the SIM Registration Industry Task Force, which led to several resolutions, including the Industry Working Group (IWG) on harmonization of SIM registration process.

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