NCC arrests five suspects over fraudulently-registered SIM Cards



As part of its routine enforcement activities to sanitise the industry of elements, the Communications Commission (NCC) has arrested no fewer than five suspected individuals for allegedly engaging in fraudulently registering and selling Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.

The hitch-free operation was carried out a joint from the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department of the Commission, operatives of the Department of Services () and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday, April 20, 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 respect to the allegations leveled against them.

Commenting on the enforcement operation, NCC’ Head of Enforcement, Salisu Abdu, who led the joint enforcement exercise, said the exercise was part of the routine activities embarked upon the Commission to rid the industry of 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 and constitutes a breach of .

“It is 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 noted that proper registration of SIM cards and linking them to National Identity Number (NIN) before activation has now a prerequisite,” he said.

Abdu warned those who are engaged in the unlawful registration of SIM cards to desist from the illegal act, noting that the Commission will continue to collaborate 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.

The enforcement activities will continue in other locations across the FCT and other states of the country.