The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Enforcement Team has so far arrested 11 SIM card vendors for selling pre-registered SIM cards. Leader of the four-man enforcement team, Salisu Abdu, who made the disclosure yesterday in Minna, said his team is working in collaboration with the police.
He said those arrested were found in possession of pre-registered SIM cards of all the four major GSM network providers. He maintained that the sale of pre-registered SIM cards is criminal, hence the introduction of the enforcement team by the commission.
According to him, the team discovered the illegal vendors after recharging and making calls with SIM cards purchased from such vendors. He said unregistered SIM cards can only receive call, but calls cannot be made with them.
He said the enforcement exercise is all over the country as other teams are at present carrying out similar exercise in other parts of the country, stressing that the commission is determined to mop up illegal SIM cards in the country.
One of the suspects, Abdullahi Usman, told newsmen that he bought the pre-registered SIM cards when the network providers came to the town on a promotion tour.