Nigeria clamps down on fake SIM cards

September 27, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has taken a tough stance against dealers of fake SIM cards in Abuja, as the NCC and security operatives made several arrests in connection with people fabricating and printing fake SIM cards with fictitious identities.

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has taken a tough stance against dealers of fake SIM cards (image: file)

“The arrest is in continuation of the campaign to rid the streets of pre-registered SIM cards. We have been able to arrest quite a number across the country. The commission has decided to get to the root from those who are selling to the dealers who are activating the SIM cards because we are aware those in the streets are not the ones registering it,” said NCC’s Head of Media and Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka.

NCC’s Head of Enforcement, Efosa Idehen added that the NCC is committed to winning the on-going war against fake SIM card by educating the population.

“We’ve been informing Nigerians about the illegalities of buying pre-registered SIM. The identity of those who register them are not shown on the SIM cards. In the past, we went after those hawking the SIMs on the streets, now we are on the next phase, we are going after the chain that supplies these machines,” he said.

For those users who are sceptical about registering an authentic SIM card, Idehen reassured that it’s for the benefit of all. “The purpose of SIM card registration is beneficial to all. It is not just for crime purpose, there are so many technical issues we want to resolve that registration of SIM card will help us achieve.”

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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