Telecom subscribers will for now no longer be able to register or buy a new SIM on MTN, Glo, Airtel and 9mobile, according to latest directives from NCC.
The latest directive from NCC suspends the sale of SIM cards while authorities check their compliance with registration guidelines. It didn’t say how long the review would take.
“Mobile network operators are hereby directed to immediately suspend the sale, registration and activation of new SIM cards until the audit exercise is concluded,” the Nigerian Communications Commission said in a statement on its website.
MTN, the West African country’s biggest wireless operator, said it had complied with the directive, according to a notice it sent to customers.
Failure to comply with this directive will be met with strict sanctions, including the possibility of withdrawal of operating license, said NCC.
Below is the message MTN sent to to its customers;
The end of this suspension program is yet unknown but for now, no more sim registration or sales.