The Nigerian government through the Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami says that the number of mobile subscribers carrying incomplete registered SIM cards in Nigeria has dropped from 9.2 million to 2.4 million less than one week.
This implies that a whopping 6.8 million subscribers’ SIM cards have been registered or fully registered within the period.
CobraReview recalls that this is coming after the minister ordered the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), to ensure the blocking of SIM cards of defaulting mobile subscribers.
Dr Pantami made the disclosure while inaugurating some members of the Board of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).
CobraReview gathers that the minister has now mandated the NCC to ensure that before 25th September this year, the remaining 2.4 million SIM cards with incomplete registration should be regularised.
Dr Pantani while decrying the rate at which SIM cards were used to commit crimes, said when these numbers are rectified, any crime which is committed with SIM cards could be traced to the owner of the SIM.
Dr Pantami says: “I was really flabbergasted and worried because investigations revealed that 99 per cent of crime being committed in Nigeria, SIM cards are involved. Before you think of any Economic benefit, the constitutional responsibility of the executive is to protect lives and property, so the life of one innocent Nigerian is more important than any revenue Federal Government may get as a result of ignoring that improper documentation of registration because you can’t think of any benefit except when you are alive.”
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