Nigeria: NCC Gives Operators Seven-Day Ultimatum to Deactivate Pre- Registered SIM


Lagos — Worried by the seemingly intractable security situation in the country, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has handed down a seven-day ultimatum to GSM and other network providers, to deactivate all pre-registered Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards or face sanctions.

This was the fallout of a meeting between Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Department of State Service (DSS), the network operators and the NCC. The meeting, which took place at the NCC boardroom in Abuja, took into cognisance crimes committed against members of the public either by kidnappers, terrorists, robbers and threats to lives, through the use of such unregistered SIM cards across all the networks.

Operators were however told to notify such subscribers before deactivation of their SIM cards.
At the meeting were the representatives of the NSA, Group Captain, Ibikunle Daramola, DSS, Mr. Godwin Ometu, the immediate past NCC Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Dr. Eugene Juwah, Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Engr. Ubale Maska and representatives of MTN, Globacom, Etisalat, Visafone, Airtel and others.

A statement by NCC made available to the media on Wednesday, and signed by Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, who was also at the meeting, said specifically that: "Seven days' notice is hereby given for deactivation of all invalid/improperly registered SIM cards; these include all SIM cards without or improperly captured facial pictures and or finger prints. Affected subscribers are to be notified to regularise their registrations.

The meeting resolved that: Henceforth, all registrations must conform to the Data Dictionary, Technical Specifications on finger prints and facial images and the business rule agreed by all stakeholders.
Source: Daily Independent 6th August 2015