Thousands of telecom users yesterday cried out as their Subscriber Identity Modules (SIM) cards were barred following the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) directive on unregistered lines. The subscribers, whose networks were barred, besieged their telecom providers across the country to make their complaints.
According to the NCC, the directive was part of decisions taken at a meeting between the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Department of State Services (DSS), network service providers and the regulatory body. The directive was reached as part of government’s efforts in tackling incessant occurrences of threats via phone- a National security move to improve lives of its citizenry from undue harassment.
In a statement released by the commission’s Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, the resolution was taken in response to crimes perpetuated through the use of such unregistered SIM cards.
Sources confirm that about 10.7 million telephones lines, especially on mobile networks have been barred both partially and in full following the expiration of the registration deadline previously issued by the commission. The reasons for the blockage had to do with lines that were pre-registered, incomplete bio-data as a result of poor bio-metric capturing of affected users, bad finger print information, facial distortions, among others.
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