The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has authorised the country’s telecommunications operators to block all SIM cards that are not registered with national identity numbers for two weeks (NIN).
It warned that any telecommunications operators which did not comply with the Directive were at risk of revocation of their licence or of a heavy penalty.
A statement on Tuesday by the Director of Public Affairs of the NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, 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.”
Infosive News recalls that this is coming less than a week after the NCC had ordered telecommunications companies to halt the sale and activation of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM).
NCC warned that non-compliance by network operators could lead to withdrawal of operating license.