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– The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards of telecoms customers blocked by service providers from making calls, will remain so until they are linked to the National Identification Numbers (NINs) of the respective SIM holders.

This notice is contained in a press statement signed by NCC’s Director of Public Affairs Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde on 11th April 2022.

It noted that due to a viral weblink being disseminated on social media and on some websites, this information became necessary.

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Stressing that the link and associated narrative contain inaccuracies and disinformation, the NCC said it was intended to deceive the general public regarding SIM cards that are unable to make calls due to their failure to link with NIN by the deadline.

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“The deceptive, viral message falsely displays the NCC emblem and allegedly offers that users with blocked SIM cards can unbar such SIMs across mobile networks without a valid NIN by visiting the online link and following subsequent steps.”

Adinde further stated that the NCC has never released a statement advising subscribers or hinting that users can unbar their SIM without a NIN. Hence the originators and purveyors of the false message were out to deceive unwary members of the public and their message should be ignored.

“The NCC is Nigeria’s national telecoms regulator, and it is working with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to implement the NIN-SIM connection as instructed by the Federal Government.

Furthermore, the Commission will not, under any circumstances, go against the Federal Government’s direction to MNOs to prohibit SIM cards that are not connected to NINs once the last deadline for the NIN-SIM linkage exercise has passed.”

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The Commission used the medium to notify impacted telecom subscribers on how they could have their SIMs activated to make calls.

It explained that customers who have not yet registered for their NIN should have their SIM cards registered at approved centers across the country, and then link their NINs to their SIM cards via channels offered by their service providers.

For subscribers who have registered NINs, the NCC urged them to simply visit their service providers’ channels and link their NINs to their SIMs.

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The commission took the opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM Linkage.

The NCC highlighted the aims of the project including strengthening the country’s security situation, assisting in other government socio-economic planning activities, and advancing the course of consumer protection against falling victim to cyber fraudsters’ antics.

It also drew the attention of the public to an advertisement stating that there is continuous recruitment at NCC. Adinde clarified that the commission is not currently recruiting, adding that the information which is circulating on Twitter and may have spread to other social media networks through polymediation, is a hoax and should be ignored.

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