The Minister of Communications Technology, Mr Adebayo Shittu yesterday in Abuja, said the Goodluck Jonathan administration ignored the subscriber identity module (SIM) card regulation breach which earned MTN N1.4trillion ($5.2billion).
The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) found MTN guilty of “criminally” warehousing 5.2 million pre-registered SIM cards on its network.
Shittu, who spoke with reporters after declaring open a workshop organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), also said the Federal Government would do everything to combat cybercrime.
According to him, MTN committed the crime when the former Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Dr Eugene Juwah was in charge. He said it took the courage of Juwah’s successor, Prof Umar Dambatta to apply the sanction.
He said: “I have said it times without number because when the crime got committed, this government hasn’t come in place. The previous government looked the other way. It was when (the new) NCC EVC came that he discovered it and applied the appropriate regulations.”