FG Bans Open Registration Of SIM Cards

It is now illegal for telecom operators or their representatives to do registration of SIM cards in an open or ‘’uncontrolled environment’’, an official has said.
The Head of Enforcement Unit at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Salisu Abdu disclosed this yesterday while speaking with journalists after three persons found registering SIM cards in open places were arrested in Abuja.

Abdu said government through the commission had issued a directive to all telecom operators since November to stop their agents from registering SIM cards under umbrellas and in kiosks effective from February 1, 2017.

“SIM registration should only be done in a controlled environment- a permanent building with logos and structures of the operators in place – with identities of the agents doing the registration.

“We came up with this so we will be able to trace where SIM cards are registered to stem the tide of rising crimes, especially kidnapping and militancy”, the NCC official said.

He said N5million would be slammed on any dealer or operator who flouts the directive.


  1. Jfrank

    February 16, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    i hardly comment though

  2. Horsfall

    February 16, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    Well if that will help diminish kidnapping, criminality and other social vices out of the country then we are in total support of it.

  3. Bunmi

    February 16, 2017 at 4:13 pm


  4. favy

    February 16, 2017 at 4:43 pm


  5. celestine

    February 16, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    @favy what good in dis matter.

  6. Elisco

    February 16, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Nice Initiative

  7. Deeper

    February 16, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    i’m convince oo wat is wrong there nw..

  8. JohnnyWhite

    February 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Good one
    some agents are even fake.

    Celestine I sight you

  9. Horsfall

    February 16, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Celestine is sometimes behaving like someone who don’t know what’s happening.

  10. celestine

    February 16, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    dat is not a good idia let come to think about it, why are they doing dis when nigeria economy is some how interesting for people to live.@horsfall

  11. emeks

    February 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm


  12. ?Topsydarl?

    February 16, 2017 at 9:27 pm


  13. jr

    February 17, 2017 at 12:58 am

    They should also ban all those
    folks opening bank accounts by
    the roadside.

  14. ezrael

    February 17, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Shey na every. Topic. Wey we see online go make everybody dey tok about economy…..#makesenceandnotjustcomments

  15. tobex

    February 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    im noake sense ooooo @abdu

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