The Nigerian Communications Commission’s, NCC, commitment to preventing the use of unregistered SIM cards in perpetrating cyber crimes and other related activities in the country is yielding positive results.
The Commission has secured court convictions for SIM cared related offenses through concerted enforcement efforts with the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.
Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, the Public Affairs Director of NCC, said the seven convicts were all charged and convicted at the Grade 1 Area Court Nyanya, Abuja, and the Senior Magistrate Court, Kano State for offences concerning the violation of the law of SIM card registration in the country on September 4, 2020, and October 24, 2020, respectively.
The court convicted the offenders, Bako Joseph Boy, Umar Kabiru Abdullahi, Kabiru Ali, George Eze, Lawal Sani, Shamsuddin Aliyu amd Ayuba Ishak, for various SIM card related offences.
The first convict, Bako Joseph Boy, was convicted for selling SIM cards outside a controlled environment, while the rest six were arraigned with the sale of SIM cards that are fraudulently registered.
The offences contravene section 517 of the Criminal Code Act, Section 65 (1) of the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, and Section 65 (2) of the NCC Act, 2003 and punishable under the same Act.
The suspects, who pleaded guilty and were convicted of as charged, were sentenced to two months imprisonment with an option to pay N15,000 and six months imprisonment with an option of fine of N20,000.
The suspects’ arrest came after the NCC, NSCDC, and DSS signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen inter-agency collaboration geared towards curbing the criminals behind registering and selling pre-registered SIM cards in the country.
The NCC warned all Nigerian not to buy or use any SIM card that has been registered as it is a punishable offence under the law.