The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has suspended the sale and activation of new SIM cards.
In a statement by NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde directed immediate suspension by Mobile Network Operators.
Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, on Wednesday, said the move is to allow an audit of the Subscriber Registration Database.
He noted that it was absolutely necessary for operators to comply until the audit exercise had been concluded.
Adinde stated that Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, directed the commission to embark on an audit of the registration database.
However, when absolutely necessary, he said an exemption might be granted following approval from the Federal Government through the commission.
The NCC spokesman warned that non-compliance with the directive would be met with strict sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license.
Adinde said the audit would help to consolidate the achievement of the SIM Card registration exercise.
He added that the directive became necessary in view of the “preponderance of pre-registered SIMs with the attendant security implications associated with the use of same to facilitate criminal activities.”