Trending now: Telecom Operators to block SIM cards not linked to NIN

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given telecommunications operators (MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9Mobile and others) in the country two weeks to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN).

This is contained in an update, Tuesday, by the Personal Assistant to President Mohammadu Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad.

The Presidential New Media Assistant while advising Nigerians to get prepared for the NIN/SIM linking processes in several tweets noted that Nigerians "who are yet to enroll (for the NIN) and want to do so conveniently, can start the process online here; http://nimc.gov.ng then visit a nearest enrollment centre to complete the registration. See the centres across Nigeria; https://www3.nimc.gov.ng/nimc-enrolment-centres/… ENROLLMENT IS FREE!"

Bashir added that Nigerians who had already enrolled with the National Identification Management Commission (NIMC) can conveniently dial *346# to retrieve their NIN as we await more details from the NCC/telcoms.

In a Statement signed by the NCC Director on Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, the Nigerian Communication Commision had warned that failure of any Telecom operator complying with the directives, would attract stiff sanction including withdrawal of operating licence.

The Nigerian Government had earlier ordered the suspension of sales, registration and activation of new SIM Cards across all networks in Nigeria, a decision taken to enable the Nigerian Communication Commision audit the Subscribers Registration Database as directed by the Federal Government.

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