NCC Deactivates 2.2 Million SIM Cards

The Nigeria COmmunications Commission (NCC) has deactivated 2.2 million improperly registered SIM cards. This, according to the NCC was in line with the Federal Government’s directive in that regard.

This was made known through a press statement signed by Mrs. Philomena Oshodin, a deputy director and Head of Information/Press and PR Unit of the Federal Ministry of Communications.

The Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami had recently directed that all improperly registered SIM cards be blocked as they posed security threat to the nation. Mobile network service providers were given until 11:59pm of Wednessday 25th of September 2019 to properly register the affected SIM cards.

The statement quoted a report submitted by the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC which said that a total of 2,277,311 improperly registered lines have been blocked with 6,830,249 lines that have been revalidated since the directive was issued by the Honourable Minister.

The statement also assured the public that the Ministry is “collaborating with all the relevant parastatals and agencies to ensure that no stone is left unturned in ensuring that the security of lives and property in the nation is not compromised through the use of SIM card numbers.

“Pursuant to this, Dr. Pantami has directed that the profiles of persons linked to crime, aided and abetted by the use of SIM cards, should be promptly provided to the relevant security agencies when requested and a copy be sent to him for monitoring.”

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