THE Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has restated its commitment to ensuring safer and improved Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card registration and management in the country.
As such, NCC said in line with the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003 and the Nigerian Communications Commission (Registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations) 2011, any individual or group involved in the sales and use of pre-registered SIM cards, will be arrested, prosecuted and if found culpable, will be made to face the full weight of the law.
The commission, in a notice signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka and sighted by Upfrontdigital, noted that in keeping with its powers under the Act, it regularly undertakes monitoring and enforcement activities to ensure that all stakeholders comply with extant laws, regulations and directives as they apply to telecoms governance in Nigeria.
NCC said in a recent monitoring and enforcement exercise by it, some suspects were arrested, handed over to the law enforcement agencies, prosecuted and have been convicted.
The commission reiterated that both the sale and use of fraudulently registered SIM cards are illegal. NCC said it has taken note of reports indicating that the illegal acts are perpetrated to commit or aid other criminal acts such as armed robbery, kidnapping, financial fraud, terrorism and sundry offences.
“It is therefore important that members of the public take note that the laws, subsidiary legislations and guidelines guiding SIM card registration in Nigeria are still in force and forbid anyone from indulging in any activity relating to sale and use of pre-registered SIM cards in Nigeria,” NCC stated.