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NCC Raids SIM Card Selling Outlets, Arrests Nine

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Posted: Sep 29, 2016 at 5:57 am   /   by   /   comments (0)




Officials of Enforcement Unit of National Communication Commission (NCC), Wednesday raided sim card selling outlets in Minna, Niger state and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja arresting nine suspects for selling preregistered sim cards in the process.

Five of those arrested were picked up in Minna while the remaining four were arrested in the FCT, Abuja;  Shuaibu Tswade, the chief enforcement officer Mr. Shuaibu Tswade said adding that those arrested were mostly big time sim card dealers, an act contrary to the law on sim cards registration.

Some of those arrested in Minna were however discovered to be hawkers as one of those arrested told our correspondent that he was not selling sim cards but, “I only helped him get the sim card the way I do to my other customers”.

The suspect who gave his name simply as Hussaini said, “I don’t sell directly I only do registration”.

All the suspects were handed over to the police for prosecution if they could not pay the N200, 000 fine provided for in the law.

The Chief Enforcement Officer, Mr. Shuaibu Tswade told journalists after the operation at the Obasanjo Shopping Complex in Minna that enforcement will take place in the remaining 35 states to sensitize the public about the law.

He said the NCC was collaborating with the police and other security agencies to ensure strict compliance to the law prohibiting open sales of sim cards as the law is aimed at reducing criminal activities in Nigeria.