The Federal Government has restricted the maximum numbers of SIM Cards a single individual could register as his or her to three to check kidnapping and banditry in the country.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami in a statement directed the Nigerian Communications Commission NCC to revise the policy on SIM Card registration and usage by blocking all the loopholes in the current policy.
He added that the review of the policy is based on the feedback received from the security agencies following the revalidation of improperly registered SIM cards in September 2019 and the blocking of those that failed to revalidate their SIMs.
According to the Minister, the updated policy, is expected ensure that the National Identity Number, NIN becomes a prerequisite for Nigerians registering new SIM cards, while for foreigners, their passports and visas should be used, while already registered SIM cards are to be updated with NIN before 1st December, 2020.
He also ordered that NCC must ensure that only fully accredited agents support the SIM card registration process without pre-registering SIM cards themselves, while the final registration should be done by the operators.