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The House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes yesterday expressed worries about the increasing call masking and refilling in the country.

It, however, expressed satisfaction with measures so far put in place by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to curb the menace.

Speaking while leading other members of the committee to a meeting at NCC’s Headquarters in Abuja, its Chairman, Kayode Oladele, expressed concerns over the dangers of call masking in the country.

The committee listened to presentations on the problem from top echelon staff of the regulator led by the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta.

“We are impressed by the responses within a short time and I wish Nigerians could be told about what we have done here today. Many people feel that nothing has been done whereas so much has been done, except that if you ask me what we have achieved today I will say that I am leaving here more confused because the problem is bigger than what we thought,” Oladele said.

Speaking, Danbatta pointed out that the NCC has vowed to deploy a technological solution that would enable tracking of SIM boxes used to perpetuate the fraud.

He, however, told the committee that the menace was not peculiar to Nigeria’s telecom industry and that the commission had assembled its technical team to select the best technology solution to be deployed for detecting SIM boxes used by the perpetrators in the country.


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