The Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Prof Umar Danbatta has explained why the commission has decided to block all unregistered sim cards. According to him, it was meant to assist security agencies to monitor criminals.
Prof Danbatta, made the disclosure on Thursday, while speaking at the NCC Day at the ongoing International Trades Fair in Abuja.
The NCC boss who was represented by the Head of Public Affairs in the Commission, Reuben Mouka, said it is dangerous for subscribers to use phone lines that do not bear their identities because of the security implications.
“We have severally informed subscribers that it is dangerous to use phone lines that do not bear your identity because it may have been registered by a criminal. On the other hand, you should not give out your identity to be used by somebody who you do not know. Therefore, you need keep your phones secure at all times,” Danbatta said.
Also speaking, the Deputy Director Consumer Affairs in the Commission, Mr Femi Atoyebi, said the Comission had commenced monitoring of call data of suspected kidnappers and insurgents and had been forwarding same to appropriate security operatives.
He said the NCC had been working with security operatives to fight insurgency and kidnapping.