Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has raised the alarm that the Federal Government’s directive on Serial Identificatin Module (SIM) card registration exercise meant to furnish the commission with bio-data of telephone subscribers in the country is being sabotaged by some Nigerians.
The commission’s head of enforcement unit for Oyo and Osun states, Mr Efosa Idehen, stated this at a press conference, held at the NCC office, Bodija, Ibadan.
He revealed that the commission had arrested and handed over to the police, three hawkers and agents of telecommunication firms in Oyo and Osun states selling pre-registered SIM cards.
Idehen also told newsmen that the commission had sealed off the office of an agent of one of the telecommunication firms at Dugbe area of Ibadan for aiding the circumvention of the SIM registration process.
According to him, “it is no longer news that some people are into the sales of fully activated SIM cards and this is not supposed to be. There is a clique between the agents and the hawkers. This is why we are dealing with the supply chain.
“We are hereby sending a message to those involved that this is a sensitive process to the Federal Government. We want to know the total number of people using SIM cards and those using two, three phones or more and why? We are really serious about it.”