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NCC insists on Friday deadline to disconnect all registered SIMS without proper NIN linkage

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has insisted on disconnecting millions of telephone users without proper linkage of their National Identification Numbers, NIN, with their SIM cards by Friday, March 29, 2024.

The Nigeria’s telecommunications industry regulator has mandated all telcos in the country to disconnect all phone lines of subscribers who have not linked their National Identification Numbers, NIN, with their SIM cards.

The disconnections are set to take place on Friday, March 29,2024, following a directive from the NCC mandating all registered SIMs without proper NIN linkage to be either corrected or completely disconnected from networks.

The NIN-SIM Linkage process, which began on February 28, 2024, is part of the government’s initiative to combat criminal activities such as banditry and kidnapping, ultimately bolstering national security.

There are hints of a potential third phase in April 2024.

Operators have reportedly collaborated with the NCC in implementing the directive, demonstrating their dedication to national security objectives and ensuring full compliance by the specified deadlines.

The second phase will target subscribers with five or more SIMs from a single operator that lack verified NIN-SIM linkages.

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