NCC says deactivation of unregistered SIMs not permanent

After networks disabled unregistered SIM cards, the Nigerian Communications (NCC) on Friday said that only those subscribers who register them properly would have same reactivated.
According to the NCC Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Tony Ojobo, the clarification has became necessary following the deluge of inquiries at the Commission some of which insinuated that the SIM cards have been withdrawn permanently. He said it is not the case.
According to him, the deactivation exercise and decision was a result of a meeting with the office of National Security Adviser (NSA), the Department of State Service (DSS), the NCC and operators “after which the operators were given one-week to deactivate those unregistered and improperly registered SIM cards.”
The operators were specifically told that those subscribers whose lines were not registered and have not made any effort to register them should be communicated before deactivation. As such the deactivation of these SIM cards is an action in mind of that meeting. Subscribers who fail to register properly will have their lines deactivated but those who comply will have them reactivated.
He said that these were part of the security measures to check incessant cases of crimes with the use of mobile phones. “People hide under anonymity to commit crimes because their lines are not registered, but all that has to change as the network operators have been told what to do.” He said
Proper registration includes a subscriber’s facial pictures, properly captured, biometrics/finger prints, valid means of identification, address, among others.