Insecurity: NCC blocks unregistered sim cards
From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has blocked 6.7 million unregistered sim cards as part of the move to crack down operation of arm bandits and other criminals.
The Minister of Communication, Dr. Isah Aliyu Pantami revealed this in Katsina during commissioning of National Communication Centre.
Pantami explained that the blocked sim cards are out of 9.2 million unregistered cards discovered by the commission.
He said his ministry has directed the commission to block the remaining 2.4 million sim cards by the first week of October.
The Minister said his ministry was seriously concerned with activities of armed bandits and Boko Haram and was working with other stakeholders to assist in cracking down their activities.
He explained that the centre commissioned in Katsina was one of the centres to be set up in all 36 states including Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
He said already work has commenced in 33 states for the takeoff of the centres, adding that very soon, one of the centres in Ogun State would be commissioned.
Pantami said all the centres would be fully equipped to serve as emergency call on the equal of any criminal activities.
Pantami had earlier launched National Emergency Toll free number 112 which would be used for communication on insecurity situation.
Earlier, Governor Aminu Bello Masari commended the ministry for constructing the centre, saying it would help in cracking down activities of bandits.
Masari said cattle rustling, armed banditry and kidnapping are seriously affecting people of the state, adding that his administration has introduced peace dialogue with bandits to address the problem.
“We have come up with an innovative and pragmatic approach to the issue by deciding to engage the bandits already, negotiating and dialogue with them,” he added.