The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said its campaigns against pre-registered SIM cards is yielding results.
This was made known by the Head, Enforcement Unit of the commission, Salisu Abdu.
He said NCC had carried out a three-day comprehensive enforcement in some major markets in Lagos to apprehend perpetrators of pre-registered SIM card.
The enforcement officer said that the latest enforcement exercise was largely informed by a report from the office of the National Security Adviser about the prevalence of pre-registered SIM cards at some locations in Lagos.
Abdu said: “We visited computer village, some markets in Ikorodu and we also visited one in Bariga with the objective of identifying where the sale of pre-registered SIM cards is ongoing.
“Fortunately enough, it was only in computer village we were able to buy only one Airtel SIM card from a mobile agent.
“We appreciate the level of compliance in Lagos; it apparently means that there is adequate awareness campaign that people are now aware that the sale and buying of pre-registered SIM card is criminal.”
Speaking further, he stated that the commission through the help of the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) it had apprehended some suspects and taken them in for interrogation.
“We went to two locations, Alaba International market and Orile market along Badagry expressway.
“At Alaba market, we purchased a pre-registered SIM card from an agent, a Globacom agent and in Orile we found pre-registered SIM cards on a market woman who, in fact, was seated with a lot of SIM cards being sold to members of the public.
“It is those same cards that criminals are using to commit a lot of crime and you can now understand why it had sometimes been difficult for security operatives in the course of their investigations of criminal offences to identify people who have actually committed such crimes,” Abdu said.