About 9.2million mobile subscribers in Nigeria will soon lose their telephone lines, according to the minister of Communications.
About 9.2 million telephone lines discovered to have been improperly registered are going to be deactivated by service providers in the country.
The order was given out by Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, in Abuja on Thursday.
The minister ordered the telecommunications operators (MTN, Airtel, Globacom and 9Mobile) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to ensure that the Subscribers Identification Numbers (SIM) cards are removed from the country’s telecommunications radar until the owners present themselves for proper documentation.
CobraReview gathers that Pantami gave the directive while hosting the executive councils of both the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) and the Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN), who paid a congratulatory visit to him in his office.
A source quoted by The Guardian Newspaper who was privy to the meeting says SIMs that were improperly registered will be deactivated. He quoted Pantami as saying that the ministry gave the order towards bridging the gap in the country’s security apparatus, and most importantly curtail the growing influence of kidnappers in the country who have been using different SIM cards to perpetrate abductions and killings of innocent Nigerians.
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