The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has arrested no fewer than five suspected individuals for allegedly engaging in fraudulently registering and selling of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.The Commisison made the arrest as part of its routine enforcement activities to sanitize the industry of criminal element.The Nigerian Communications Commission made the disclosure in a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde.He said the hitch-free operation was carried out by the joint team from the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department of the Commission.”Other part of the team include operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).The raid was carried out on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in the Wuse area of Abuja. The arrested suspects were subsequently handed over to the NSCDC Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command, Wuse, Abuja for further investigation with respect to the allegations leveled against them.” The Head of Enforcement NCC, Salisu Abdu, who led the joint enforcement exercise, said the exercise was part of the routine activities embarked upon by the Commission, to rid the industry of criminal elements engaging in fraudulent registration of SIM cards. He said pre-registering a SIM card, is an offence punishable under relevant regulations in the telecom sector and constitutes a breach of national security. “It is criminal and fraudulent to pre-register a SIM card in Nigeria, and it is an offence punishable under the law. Though the Federal Government recently lifted the ban on sale of new SIM cards, it should be noted that proper registration of SIM cards and linking them to National Identity Number (NIN) before activation has now become a prerequisite”.He said the enforcement activities will continue in other locations across the FCT and other states of the country.
” We are warning those who are engaged in the unlawful registration of SIM cards to desist from the illegal act. The Commission will continue to collaborate with relevant law enforcement agencies, in its routine enforcement activities in order to rid the industry of individuals, who have resolved to contravene SIM registration regulations.”