Anybody found responsible for the use or sale of pre-registered Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards in the nation might face arrest and prosecution, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
Reuben Muoka, the NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, issued the warning in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, noting that the commission’s position was consistent with the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 and the commission’s 2011 regulations for the registration of telephone customers.
In a recent surveillance and enforcement exercise by the commission, certain suspects were detained, given to law enforcement, charged, and found guilty, according to the statement.
The sale and use of SIM cards that have been fraudulently registered are prohibited, the Nigerian Telecommunication Commission wants to emphasize.
The panel has also noted reports that the illegal acts are carried out in order to commit or facilitate the commission of other crimes such armed robbery, abduction, financial fraud, terrorism, and other offenses.
It is crucial that the general public understand that the rules, supporting legislation, and regulations governing SIM card registration in Nigeria are still in effect and prohibit engaging in any activity pertaining to the purchase and use of pre-registered SIM cards there.