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*Criminals mask their real identities while using such SIM cards to commit wicked activities such as kidnapping and financial crimes
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned that trading and using pre-registered Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards pose serious threat to individual and collective safety.
Amina Shehu, Director Zonal Operations at NCC, stated this in Gboko, Benue State , Friday at a sensitization forum focused on educating consumers about issues in telecoms in Nigeria, adding, such criminal elements hide their real identities while using such SIM cards to perpetrate nefarious activities such as kidnapping and financial crimes in the society.
He urged telecom consumers to heed the warning of the Commission and stop patronising sellers of SIM cards that have been pre-registered because anyone found using (or selling or otherwise transacting with) such SIM cards will be fined and jailed upon conviction.
Khadiyah Abari, Principal Manager, Zonal Operations at NCC head office who represented Shehu, told the participants that those who trade in and use pre-registered SIM cards pose serious threat to our individual and collective safety because such criminal elements hide their real identities while using such SIM cards to perpetrate nefarious activities such as kidnapping and financial crimes in the society.
Abari therefore urged the participants 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 effort in eradicating such dangerous activities in our society.