The present deplorable security situation in Nigeria has compelled the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) to deactivate a total of 2.2 million improperly registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards from all the telecommunication agencies.
The Director of NCC Public Affairs, Dr. Henry Nkemadu disclosed that in line with the security motives of the federal Government, the Commission has reduced the number of improperly registered SIM cards from 9.2 million to 2.2 million.
Dr. Nkemadu posited that their action was in line with President Buhari’s agenda to strengthen security of lives and properties of all Nigerians.
According to him, this is contrary to the views of the Nigerian media that the NCC was not acting on the Presidential directives.
Dr. Nkemadu explained that all the current over 184 million registered SIM cards across Mobile Network Operators (MNO’s) networks had valid data that were traceable and not anonymous.
“We will be able to, collectively, address National security concerns, especially kidnapping, banditry, armed robberies, cattle rustling and other crimes associated with SIM cards across the nation. This will ensure that all SIM cards are traceable to their real owners”, he added.
Dr. Nkemadu hinted that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) was involved to ensure a clean SIM database adding that the auditing was concluded in August 2019.
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