NCC Orders Suspension Of New SIM Sale, Registration

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Network Operators have been directed by the Communications Commission to immediately suspend the sale and activation of new cards to allow an audit of the Subscriber Registration Database.

The Director, Affairs at , Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, in a on Wednesday, said it was absolutely necessary for operators to comply until the audit had been concluded.

According to him, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr , directed the commission to embark on an audit of the Subscriber Registration Database.

He, however, said an exemption might be granted following approval from the the commission.

He warned that non-compliance the directive would be met strict sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license.

Adinde said the audit would help to consolidate the achievement of the registration .

The director explained that the objective of the audit was to ensure compliance to set standards and requirements by network operators.

According to him, the directive became necessary in view of the preponderance of pre-registered SIMs the attendant security implications associated the of same to facilitate criminal activities.