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NCC warns Nigerians that “fake phones can cause cancer”

September 1, 2017 • Healthcare, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories, West Africa

NCC warns Nigerians that "fake phones can cause cancer"

The Nigerian Communications Commission warns Nigerians that “fake phones can cause cancer” (Image source: Buzz Nigeria)

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned Nigerians that using fake and substandard cell phones could cause cancer. The statement was made on Thursday the 31st of August 2017 by Mr. Kunle Olorundare, an official of the commission, who gave the warning at a stakeholders workshop organised by the Ibadan Zonal office of the NCC, according to a report by the Nigerian Communications Week.

The NCC member reportedly highlighted the increase in the number of fake phones in Nigeria. He believes that fake phones have taken over the country’s phone market, adding that they have had negative implications on the health of users.

According to a report by Premium Times NG, the NCC official also believes that the increase of unapproved phones is the major cause behind the network interruptions currently being experienced in the country.

Olorundare warned that sellers of unapproved Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products were flouting the commission’s Act. He said they could face prosecution or seizure of their market items if they did not desist from selling such forthwith.

Olorundare also advised phone sellers across the country to ensure the phones they buy from manufacturers and dealers were approved by the NCC.

He added that the NCC had a list of all ICT products approved for sale and use in Nigeria.

Edited By: Dean Workman
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