Nigerian Telcos asked to block sim cards not linked to National Identification Number(NIN)

SIM card users have been directed to update their data with telecoms companies with NIN –

According to the new directives issued by the NCC, any  SIM not linked with NIN will be blocked

This will take effect after December 30 as SIM users have been directed to enroll for their national identification number on NIMC

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has made it compulsory for the telecommunications operators across the country to block all the sim cards that are not linked with National Identity Numbers (NIN).

 Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC director of public affairs, made this declaration in Abuja on Tuesday,15th, December 2020. 

 Adinde said the new rule applies to new Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards, stressing that sim not linked with NIN will be disconnected in two weeks time

 NCC said telecommunication companies will block sim cards unconnected to NIN.

“Operators to require all their subscribers to provide valid National Identification Number (NIN) to update SIM registration records”. 

“The submission of NIN by subscribers to take place within two weeks, commencing Dec.16 and ending by Dec. 30. After the deadline, all SIMs without NINs are to be blocked from the networks”.

” Also announcing the development, Bashir Ahmed, a social media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari told Nigerians to “dial *346# to retrieve your NIN or visit NIMC website to enroll for the national identification number”.

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