Telecom operators in Nigeria asked to block SIM cards without NIN

Telecommunications operators in the country have been given two weeks by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN).

NCC also warned that any telecom operators that failed to comply with the directive risked outright withdrawal of its licence or heavy penalty.

The Director of Public Affairs of the NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, in a statement on Tuesday noted that “following the earlier directive on the suspension of new SIM registration by network operators, the Honourable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) convened an urgent meeting of key stakeholders in the Communications industry on Monday, December 14, 2020.”

This is actually coming less than a week after the NCC ordered telecommunications companies to stop the sale and activation of subscribers Identification Module (SIM).

NCC further warned that non-compliance by network operators could lead to withdrawal of operating license.

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