By Emmanuel Elebeke
ABUJA—In a bid to curb the rising cases of kidnapping and other related crimes, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, says it has arrested over 200 agents across the country over fraudulent registration of Sim cards.
The director, Compliance, Monitoring and Enforcement, NCC, Mr. Efosa Idehen disclosed this, yesterday, at a one-day regional sensitization workshop on the dangers of dealing on fraudulently activated Sim cards held at Keffi, Nasarawa State.
According to him, most of the arrests were made in Jigawa and Gombe states and those arrested had been charged to court.
Idehen said the commission has been engaging the public through several programmes on the need for proper registration of Sim cards but realised that most of the agents put monetary gains above national interest.
He explained that no individual is allowed to register more than five Sim cards, except corporate entities and vowed to make sure the Commission follow the prosecution of the offenders.
“As a government, we are putting in place, strong process to track any criminal engaging in fraudulent registration of Sim cards.
“We understand that one of the issues driving this is meeting target but you cannot micro-manage it.
“We are not going to compromise in driving out these people out of the market. We have been getting results from the MoU we signed with the NSDC, hoping that the proposed MoU with NIMC will probably bring everything to check.”
Earlier, the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management, NCC, Mr. Sunday Dare, said the essence of the workshop was to ensure standardised subscriber registration in the country and also ensure easy detection of subscriber identity.
Dare, who was represented at the occasion by Mr. Idehen said the Commission had given eight years grace for operators and their agents to clean up their data and has now resolved to be rootless with anybody found culpable in the commission of the crime.