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NCC to deactivate SIM cards not linked to NIN


The Nigerian Communications Fee (NCC) has ordered telecommunication firms to bar calls from telephone numbers which can be but to be linked to their Nationwide Id Numbers (NIN) from Friday, 29 March.

Subscribers whose SIM playing cards haven’t been linked to their NINs is not going to be allowed to make calls till the linkage is completed.

Reuben Muoka, the director of public affairs of the fee disclosed this to PREMIUM TIMES throughout a phone interview Friday night.

Mr Muoka stated the directive for disconnection is being rolled out in phases, with the second part set for 29 March as earlier introduced.

He stated the preliminary part came about on the finish of February.

“We issued a publication that you may check with. We specified sure deadlines and stipulated that subscribers who don’t adjust to the directive can be barred. And that has not modified.

“twenty ninth of February was when those who haven’t submitted their NIN to be linked to the SIM to be barred and people have been barred.

“We printed one other deadline for individuals who have submitted their NIN but it surely failed as a result of it has not been verified, that’s the one that’s due for disconnection right this moment. Whereas one other set is those with ghost verification, these are for individuals who have greater than 5 numbers,” Mr Mouka stated.

A supply inside the fee who can also be conversant in the matter stated the fee’s place was hinged on its goal to wash the nation’s SIM possession database.

He defined that the fee is dedicated to making sure that criminals don’t benefit from having a number of unlinked SIMs to hold out their nefarious actions.

The Max-4 rule introduced by the Federal Authorities in April 2021 offers that telecom subscribers can not have greater than 4 traces per cell community operator.

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The NCC has additionally offered Cellular Community Operators (MNOs) an extension until 31 July, to confirm all NINs submitted by subscribers with 4 or fewer SIMs, in addition to bar these whose NINs fail verification with NIMC.

The obligatory linkage started in 2020 when the federal government directed telecommunication firms to dam calls from unregistered and unlinked traces.

The coverage was anticipated to assist the authorities in preventing bandits and terrorists who kidnap and kill harmless folks day by day. Regardless of the extension of deadlines, many telephone traces are but to be linked.

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