NCC CEO, Eugene Juwah
The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has reportedly discovered three fake machines being allegedly used for processing of pre-registration of SIM cards in Ilorin, Kwara state capital.
Already, the commission said the agent said to be involved in the alleged act has been handed over to the police for further investigation so as to bring the culprit to book.
The Head of Enforcement, NCC, Mr. Efosa Idehen, disclosed this to journalists in Ilorin during the visit of his team to Glo, Airtel and MTN, as part of its nationwide tour to all service providers on the enforcement against pre-registration of SIM cards.
According to him, “We came into Ilorin in pursuit of three machines that have been implicated for pre-registration of SIM cards. We have been to the office of Airtel, Glo, we are here in MTN office. We have been able to pick the agents of Glo and Airtel, but it has been difficult to get MTN to cooperate with us on this issue and they have given us several reasons why they do not have the machine”.
He said, “But we have picked one of their staff members who they have given to us as their contact person here in Ilorin. The police will question her and probably she will have to work with the police to get to the bottom of this matter so that they can get the real culprit who used the machine”.
Idehen explained that “it is highly disturbing that we still go to the market and see pre-registered SIM card and this should not happen; moreso, the commission has stopped the registration of any SIM cards in the country.
“We expect that by now, all service providers should be on the same page with NCC to ensure that this thing does not happen. We noticed that even operators have these SIM cards. Some SIM cards stay as long as 300 days in their system before it is sold, which is wrong”, he noted
According to him, “For now the issue of SIM card registration with NCC has stopped. We have asked for the deactivation of all unregistered lines. But we still go to the market and see pre-registered SIM card".
He said, “We noticed that even operators have these SIM cards. Some SIM cards stay as long as 300 days in their system before it is sold, which is wrong and for some time now, we have been on this issue trying to let Nigerians know that it is wrong for people to buy pre-registered SIM card.”
“We will not allow our system to be messed up because this data base is going to help Nigeria for a lot of things. Apart from our own policy issue, for security issue, it is going to be something that is desirable”, he added.