President Muhammadu Buhari led administration has blocked over 2.2 million unregistered SIM cards in Nigeria.
Dr. Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications, gave an order that no unjustly registered SIM card numbers should remain active as from September 25 (11:59 pm).
According to the ministry’s spokeswoman, Philomena Oshodin said: “Subsequently, based on the report received from the executive vice-chairman of NCC on Thursday, September 26, the commission has blocked 2,277,311 lines that were improperly registered.”
It was gathered that over 6,830,249 lines had been revalidated after the directive was given.
Dr. Pantami has reemphasised the importance for all unjustly registered SIM cards to remain blocked until they are well registered.
He, therefore, praised the achievement of the minister that the 36 days of his assumption of office has been unprecedented.”
The ministry tasked the NCC and telecom operators to add to their efforts in seeing that the momentum is maintained.
He added that “The Federal Ministry of Communications is working with the relevant parastatals and security agencies to enable the security of lives and property in the country is not jeopardised via the use of SIM card numbers.”
“Dr. Pantami has ordered that the profiles of persons in line to crime, aided and abetted by the use of SIM cards, should be immediately provided to the relevant security agencies when requested and a copy should be sent to him for monitoring.”
“The ministry will continue to work with relevant parastatals and security agencies in the background to ensure that SIM card numbers are not used as a platform for committing a crime.”