The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) monday arrested six men in Kano for being in possession and selling hundreds of pre-registered SIM cards which had been banned by the agency since 2O11.
The suspects were arrested in two separate raids carried out by the NCC’s operation unit backed by security operatives in the GSM village located at the popular GSM market in Farm Centre and the Yankura Market in the metropolis. The Head of the NCC operation unit, Mallam Salisu Abdul, said the operation became imperative following the rampant sales of pre-registered SIM cards in Kano by unregistered individuals.
Salisu said the sales of pre-registered SIM cards is a criminal offence and the commission would continue to raid markets across the country until we are able to stop such nefarious activities. He blamed the various agents of service providers who sell or give in large quantity of such pre-registred SIM cards to individuals or unsuspected prospective buyers without proper registration.