The Nigerian Communications Commission has warned telecommunication subscribers against buying preregistered Subscriber Identification Module cards, threatening jail term for offenders.
Speaking at the ongoing Abuja International Trade Fair, Acting Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umaru Danbatta, said selling, buying and using preregistered SIM cards was punishable by imprisonment.
According to the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umaru Danbatta“We request you to avoid buying or distributing preregistered SIM cards as this is a criminal act punishable by imprisonment. Anybody involved in the sale, distribution or use of preregistered SIM card is considered a threat to national security, and if caught, will face the ugly consequences.
“The service providers have already been directed to disconnect any of these cards as no active SIM card is expected to be functional after 48 hours on the network.”
Danbatta said the decision to undertake drastic deactivation of SIM cards that were not properly registered during the SIM card registration exercise was to ensure the collective and individual security of Nigerians.