NCC Nabs 6 In Kano For Selling Pre-registered SIM cards


The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has arrested six persons in Kano State for alleged selling of pre-registered SIM cards. The commission recovered over 100 pieces of pre-registered SIM cards from the suspects.

Speaking shortly after raiding some places at the famous GSM Market at Farm Center and ’Yankura Market, yesterday, the head of re-enforcement unit of the commission, Alhaji Salisu Abdu, said that similar operation was conducted in Abuja, Lagos and other states.

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Abdu said that the suspects would be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution if they were found guilty.

He said: “NCC had issued directives since 2011 that all new SIM cards must be registered before put into use but, unfortunately today, you can go to market and buy pre-registered SIM card and put in your mobile phone and start using it.”

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Abdu said that such SIM cards could be used to commit crime by some bad elements in the society, adding that the commission’s laws did not allow proxy registration.

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