By Emmanuel Elebeke & Susan Onuorji
Abuja—In demonstration of its regulatory powers, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has arrested four suspects alleged to have been registering sim cards and selling them to the public. The NCC Enforcement Team, acting on a tip-off, swooped on MTN premises in Maitama and Wuse markets in Abuja to effect the arrest.
Briefing newsmen, an assistant director of enforcement in NCC and head of the enforcement team, Mr. Salisu Abdu, said the commission had been receiving reports that people were registering Sim cards and selling them to the public. This, according to him constitutes serious danger to national security.
He said: “We have gone to MTN premises and are now in Wuse market. The purpose of the exercise is all about Sim registration. For some time, NCC has been trying to apply the Sim regulation so that all Sims are duly registered.
“We have been having reports that people are registering Sim cards and selling it to the public.” ‘’There is serious danger in doing that, as it constitutes threat to national security. We have also gotten reports that in so many locations in Abuja and nationwide, this activity is ongoing.
“Earlier on, we were doing this exercise and we have mopped up unregistered sim cards in the markets. ‘’However, it has come back again, so the fine and sanction have been applied, despite all efforts. Today, we still find Sim cards in our markets. That is the purpose of this exercise .”
On how the syndicate was unravelled, Abdu said: “When we got to Wuse market, we got one and the shop we have just sealed. We have bought unregistered Sim cards not only today. “Our monitors have come here earlier on. They have bought the Sim cards, tested them and they were found to be active.
“So, we have to come and pick up whoever is involved in selling the cards. Although, he has told us that somebody is involved in selling the cards to him. investigation will definitely reveal that. “The suspects will be handed over to the police and invest