NCC deactivates 2.2m SIM cards…says Danbatta


By SINL Reporter

Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has revealed that the commission has deactivated 2.2 million improperly registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards from all telecommunication networks nationwide.

Danbatta made this known in a statement in Abuja by its Director of Public Affairs, Dr Henry Nkemadu.

According to Danbatta, the commission’s efforts in this regard was in line with a key agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari to strengthen security of lives and property for all Nigerians.

“We have since initiated the second phase of SIM deactivation based on the ministerial directive. As at today (March 8), we have completely deactivated the remaining 2.2 million lines on the networks.

“This is contrary to reports by a section of the media, suggesting that nothing has been done with respect to the issue of improperly registered SIM cards.

“Following the September 2019 ministerial directive, however, the NCC, within a week, intensified efforts by reducing the number of improperly registered SIM cards from 9.2 million to 2.2 million,” he said.

Danbatta recalled that over the years, the NCC had worked with determination and through various policy initiatives to rid mobile networks of improperly or invalidly registered SIM cards.

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