Unending controversy over new SIM ban


Move by the Federal Government to address insecurity, through linkage of mobile telecommunications lines with National Identity Number (NIN) seems to be breeding a new form of security challenges. ABDULGAFAR ALABELEWE reports.

The Federal Government, in the first week of December 2020, directed the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to embark on another audit of the Subscriber Registration Database, a process requiring that, all mobile telecommunication subscribers to link their National Identity Number (NIN) with their mobile lines.

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami) said the objective of the audit exercise was to verify and ensure compliance by Mobile Network Operators with the set quality standards and requirements of SIM Card Registration.

Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) were thereby directed to immediately suspend the sale, registration and activation of new SIM Cards until the audit exercise is…



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