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NCC axes vendors of unapproved mobile handsets

By Emma Elebeke
The Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC’s fight against undue interference on network took a new dimension last week, when the commission last weekend in Lagos clamped down on two illegal mobile phone dealer-companies  in the country.

The two companies Kexinda Nigeria Limited and G-TJde Nideria Limited had their head offices in Otigba market Ikeja completely shut down by NCC for selling mobile phones that are not type approved by the regulatory authority.

NCC apart from sealing up the two companies arrested their top officials and also took away samples of the phones seized and all handed over to the law enforcement agents for further action.

All efforts made by the management and legal team of the affected companies failed as the NCC officials challenged them to produce evidence and certification that their phones were type approved, which they could not produce.

The officials of Kehinda after applying different strategy to trick their visitors with wrong documents suddenly resort to violent attacks on both NCC officials thanks to some security men who saved the situation.

The action emboldened NCC officials to intensify their search that resulted into the unraveling of the company’s warehouse within the premises.

Addressing the press, Head, Enforcement Unit Ncc. Mr. Efosa Idehen who led the enforcement team said that NCC’s decision to clamp down on the defaulting companies was based on their failure to comply by the directives of the regulator after several appeals to them by NCC to come for meetings fell on deaf ears.

“Sometime in September last year, we began to see a lot of adverts on the pages of newspapers of various mobile phones that are being imported into the country, we decided to invite them to know if they are licensed. We really want to know if they are type approved.

As a regulatory body we wrote to them to come forward and clarify some issues why they should be selling phones which are not type approved.

Kexinda and several others. After the invitation, they ignored our letters. After the period of grace given to them which expired in December, we still gave them some time till this month but none of them was forthcoming. So today we are clamping down on Kehinda and G-Tide thereafter we will go to others.

There are seven of them that we have marked out for clamp down. We will continue to pursue them until we rid our society of phones that are not type approved”, he said.


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