The President Muhammadu Buhari regime has blocked 2.2 million
improperly registered SIM cards in Nigeria.
The Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Pantami, on behalf of the
regime, had issued a directive that no improperly registered SIM card
numbers should remain active beyond September 25 (11:59 pm).
A spokeswoman for the ministry, Philomena Oshodin, said explained
further, "Subsequently, according to the report submitted by the
executive vice-chairman of NCC on Thursday, 26 September, a total of
2,277,311 improperly registered lines have been blocked.
"As earlier reported, 6,830,249 lines have been revalidated since the
directive was given. Dr. Pantami has reiterated the need for all
improperly registered SIM cards to remain blocked until they are
properly registered. This achievement within 36 days of Dr. Pantami’s
assumption of office is unprecedented."
The ministry urged the NCC and telecom operators to redouble their
efforts in ensuring that the momentum is sustained.
Oshodin added, "The Federal Ministry of Communications is
collaborating with the relevant parastatals and security agencies to
ensure that no stone is left unturned in ensuring that the security of
lives and property in the nation is not compromised through the use of
SIM card numbers.
"Pursuant to this, Dr. Pantami has directed that the profiles of
persons linked to crime, aided and abetted by the use of SIM cards,
should be promptly 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."