Nigeria: Registered SIMs Freely Sold in Abuja

SIM cards registered in other people’s names are now freely sold on the streets in Abuja, fuelling fears in security and GSM regulatory circles that this will negate current effort to get the true identity of mobile phone users in Nigeria.

Billions of naira had been spent to register about 100 million GSM users in the last one year by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The registration drive was spurned by concerns in the country that the unregulated use of mobile phones has been aiding robberies, kidnappings, advanced fee fraud and now even terrorism.

Investigations by our reporters revealed that Nigerians can walk up to many telecom vendors and buy SIM cards already registered in other people’s names.

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