Consequently, the minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami has directed Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that all mobile network operators go ahead to block all SIM cards that do not meet proper registration standards until users comply with proper re-registration procedures.
”The security implication of this irregularity is too grave to ignore and the Federal Ministry of Communications will not tolerate any actions or inaction that will compromise the nation’s security.”
The move followed the submission of the short-term performance by the NCC as directed by the Minister, who had directed all Agencies and Parastatals under his purview to submit their baseline short-term performance targets report.
Based on the directive, the NCC submitted its report in which it discovered the figures of improperly registered SIM cards in use around the country.
The Commission, in its report, disclosed that an estimated nine million two hundred thousand (9.2M) SIM cards did not comply with the proper procedures of SIM registration.