NCC arrests five in Minna for selling pre-registered SIM cards

The National Communication Commission (NCC), officials  on Wednesday arrested five people for allegedly selling pre-registered SIM cards to various network subscribers in Minna.

The Chief Enforcement Officer of NCC, Mr Shuaibu Tswade made this known after carrying out a raid at Obasanjo shopping complex in Minna with officials of the commission.

`These suspects before you were arrested selling pre-registered SIM cards here in Obasanjo shopping complex,’’ he said.

Tswade said that some of those arrested were big time dealers of SIM cards, adding; “the action is contrary to the law on SIM cards registration.”

He said that the enforcement would be carried out in the remaining 35 states to sensitise the public about the regulation on the registration of SIM cards in the country.

The Chief Enforcement Officer said that the NCC was collaborating with the police and other security agencies to ensure compliance with the law aimed at reducing criminal activities in the country.

He however handed the suspects over to the police for investigation and prosecution.

Also speaking, one of the suspects who did not give his name said that he was not selling SIM cards when arrested.

“I only helped the NCC man who pretended to be a customer get the SIM card the way I do to my other customers. I don’t sell directly I only do registration,’’ he said.

The Chief Enforcement Officer said that the commission would also carry out similar exercise in Zungeru and Kontagora areas of the state.

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