In a media briefing held in Lagos, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) clarified the continued barring of SIMs linked to National Identification Numbers (NINs). The Director of Compliance, Mr Efosa Idehen, cited third-party agents duplicating NINs for unsuspecting subscribers as the root cause.
Mr Idehen acknowledged a surge in subscriber complaints and attributed the issue to the fraudulent activities of third-party agents within the telecom industry. He emphasized that some SIMs were initially registered with duplicated NINs, leading to conflicts when an audit of the system is conducted.
“We have a lot of things that people do within the industry, especially SIM-NIN linkage for money purposes. Yes, people register their SIMs and try to link their NINs, but the agents doing those registrations do a lot of damage. We are seeing this and want to correct it. We want a situation where when people say they are the owners of their SIMs, there is no doubt.”