NCC warns Telecom consumers on dangers of pre-registered SIM cards


By Ogaga Ariemu

In line with its flare for consistent Consumer engagements, Nigerian Communications Commisson (NCC), has on Thursday warned telecommunications consumers on dangers of purchasing, using pre-registered Subscriber Identity Module(SIM) cards.

NCC also stated that Consumers should ensure registering and linking their National Identity Number (NIN) to their SIM Card records.

The Director Consumer Affairs Bureau, NCC, Efosa Idehen made this disclosure in Garki International Market Abuja, at a maiden edition of Telecom Consumer conversation titled: Getting Consumer to know their rights.

Mr Efosa educated consumers on their rights to quality telecommunications services, timely response by operators and affordable charges.

Efosa said Telecom plays a key role to the development of the society and the economy, consumers should ensure their rights, privileges and obligations are not abused.

The Director warned against the patronage of pre-registered SIM noting that any one found using (or selling or otherwise transacting with) such SIM cards will be fined and jailed upon conviction.

He said ” Those who trade in and use pre-registered SIM cards pose serious threat to our individual and collective safety because such criminal elements hid their real identities while using such SIM cards to perpetrate nefarious activities such as kidnapping and financial crimes in the society.

“The Commission urges consumers to report infractions of the SIM registration laws and guidelines to law enforcement agencies because it is a noble civic responsibility to do so and a worthy support to NCC’s ettort in eradicating such dangerous activities in our society. he concluded.

“The Nigerian Communications Commission is a regulatory body for the Telecommunications Industry in Nigeria. The Commission is responsible for creating an enabling environment for competition among operators in the industry as well as ensuring the provision of qualitative and efficient the Independent National Regulatory Authority telecommunications services throughout the country.

“The Commission plays a vital role in National Security and works very closely with the ONSA, Security Agencies, CBN, MNO’s and other relevant bodies at ensuring security in the use of the telecom network. Also, worthy of mentioning is the Commission’s proactive intervention in nipping the cases of call masking and call retilling in the bud; working with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), the administration has taken drastic actions to identify culprit licensees and sanction them accordingly”, he stated.