Telecomm Operators Get 7-day Ultimatum to Deactivate Pre-registered Lines
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has handed down a seven-day ultimatum to GSM and other network providers to deactivate all pre-registered Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards or face sanctions.
This was the fallout of a meeting between Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Department of State Service (DSS), the network operators and the NCC, a statement from the commission said yesterday.
The meeting which took place at the NCC boardroom in Abuja, looked into cognizance crimes committed against members of the public either by kidnappers, terrorists, robbers and threats to lives, through the use of such unregistered SIM cards across all the networks, according to the statement signed by NCC’s director of public affairs Mr Tony Ojobo.
Operators were however told to notify such subscribers before deactivation of their SIM cards, it added.
Mr. Ojobo who was also at the meeting said: “Seven days’ notice is hereby given for deactivation of all invalid/improperly registered SIM cards; these include all SIM cards without or improperly captured facial pictures and or finger – prints.”
Source: Daily Trust