By Emmanuel Elebeke
ABUJA — IN its renewed battle against illegal sales and circulation of pre-registered Sim cards in the country and the attendant consequences, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, weekend, paraded three suspected vendors of pre-registered Sim cards in Bwari area of Abuja.
The arrest of the suspects followed an intelligence report from the Department of State Services, DSS.
Parading the suspects at the Bwari Police Station, the NCC Assistant Director of Enforcement, Mr. Salisu Abdul, said the raid was in continuation of NCC’s enforcement activity on fraudulent sales and registration of new Sim cards across the country.
He said: “We are in Bwari in continuation of our enforcement activity on fraudulent sales and registration of new Sim cards. We got a very sensitive report from the Department State Services, DSS, that pre-registered Sim cards are rampantly being sold in Bwari. That is why we are here.
“We have already visited the locations and three suspects were arrested with pre-registered Sim cards and exhibits. We are now handing them over to the Police for investigation,” he said.
According to Abdul, the campaign against sale of pre-registered Sim cards started since 2012, which had led to prosecution of some suspects and eventual conviction in Oyo State, which led to the sanctioning of almost all the most operators in connection with the sale of pre-registered Sim cards.
He said: “Because of how serious we are taking this matter, we have handed the three suspects over to the police for further investigation because we intend to get to the root of where they normally get these pre-registered Sim cards. We understand it may be from somebody supplying them or back end supplier, who have linked-up with the operators.
“We want to blush out sale and registration of fraudulent Sim cards; we intend to go to the root of the matter. We are going to continue the process of sanctioning operators, this time around, it is going to be a stiffer penalty.”