The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has arrested five persons for allegedly registering and selling Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.
Officials of the NCC Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Department of the Commission, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were involved in the raid in Abuja.
The suspects were handed over to the Civil Defence of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Wuse for further investigation.
NCC’s Head of Enforcement, Salisu Abdu, who led the joint enforcement operation said the exercise was part of the routine duty of the Commission to rid the industry of crime and illegal operations regarding SIM cards registration.
He said pre-registering a SIM card is an offence punishable under relevant regulations in the telecom sector and constitutes a breach of national security.
“It is criminal and fraudulent to pre-register a SIM card in Nigeria and it is an offence punishable under the law. Though the Federal Government recently lifted the ban on sale of new SIM cards, it should be noted that proper registration of SIM cards and linking them to National Identity Number (NIN) before activation has now become a prerequisite,” he said.