The Nigerian communications commission (NCC) ,has directed Telecommunication companies in the country to temporarily suspend the sales and reactivation of new SIM cards.
The NCC Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, said in a statement that the directive is against the background of the influence of pre-registered SIMs and the security implications associated with it and it’s uses to facilitate criminal activities.
The statement also disclosed that the commission has written a letter to telecommunication companies on Monday, December 7.
The commission is said to embark on an audit of the subscriber registration database.
It’s also stated in the statement that until the audit is complete no telecommunication companies must issue out the sales of SIM cards and when if there’s a necessity to do that, the company will have to take permission from the Federal government through the NCC. And failure to comply with this directive is said to be sanctioned or withdrawal of operating license if it get to worst.