Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has arrested three illegal SIM card dealers in Bwari, FCT, as part of its efforts to check illegal SIM card sales and insecurity in the country.
NCC, Assistant Director, Law Enforcement Unit Salisu Abdu said the suspects who were arrested on Thursday had been handed over to the police.
Salisu said the commission had since 2012 advised operators and all dealers across the country to stop selling registered SIM cards.
“We are here for the continuation of our exercise to stop illegal SIM card registration in Nigeria.
“We got a report that the sales of registered cards was still ongoing in Bwari and we found out that the information was true and we arrested three suspects with different registered SIM cards.
“We have handed them over to the police for investigation at the end we will get to the root of where and how they got those cards and prosecute them accordingly,’’ he said.
He said some of the suspects that had been arrested since the exercise started in 2012 were still being investigated.
Salisu said the commission had even after giving the warning realised that some operators and dealers still continued with the sales of the cards.
“Some registered the cards and brought them to the market for sale, investigation has just started and we are bent on getting to the root of the matter.
“This is another opportunity for us to advise the public that the purchase of registered cards is an offence because of the security threat to the nation.
“Everybody knows the security situation in the country today and that some people are using mobile telephones to carry out kidnapping armed robbery and a lot of fraudulent activities.