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NCC, Civil Defence Corps move to Tackle Telecoms Crimes

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Abuja
11 September 2022   |   7:09 pm
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is working with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to tackle the vandalisation of telecom equipment, fraudulent registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards and other criminal activities bedevilling the telecom industry. Speaking to the senior management staff of NSCDC in the South West Zone, at an exclusive…

Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta.

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) is working with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to tackle the vandalisation of telecom equipment, fraudulent registration of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards and other criminal activities bedevilling the telecom industry.

Speaking to the senior management staff of NSCDC in the South West Zone, at an exclusive workshop organised by the Commission, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, commended the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) sealed between the agency and the Commission, for which the gathering was to explore how the Corps will deploy enabling laws, subsidiary legislations, and extant guidelines to arrest any form of criminality in the sector.

Danbatta, who was represented at the workshop by the Director, Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement at the Commission, Ephraim Nwokonneya, said, over the years, the NCC has been working with relevant law enforcement agencies, and in particular the NSCDC, towards protecting telecom sector from all kinds of criminal behaviour.

“Through despicable activities that are criminal and totally at variance with national security concerns of government, the deviant elements in our midst have been acting to undermine efforts put in place to consolidate the gains of the sector,” the EVC said.

He said These criminal activities include theft and vandalism of telecommunications infrastructure, the illegal use of fraudulently-registered Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards, operating without a license, illegal call masking, among others .”

According to a statement signed by the NCC Director, of Public Affairs, Reuben Muoka, “Danbatta noted that while the NSCDC officers have been of tremendous assistance, the objective of the workshop was to constantly engage and update them on new trends and existing regulations, requiring concerted efforts for their implementation towards enhancing sanity in the telecom sector.

Danbatta said the NSCDC and other agencies had done very well with the assistance of their personnel in carrying out raid exercises and mopping up fraudulently-registered SIM cards found in circulation and in raising the banner of awareness on the need to protect critical national telecom infrastructure.

Some of the topical issues discussed at the workshop covered the activities of the Commission as presented by the relevant departments in the context of laws and other regulations, and in relation to the roles of NSCDC, as depicted in the presentation made by the NCC’s Head of Enforcement, Salisu Abdu, during the workshop.

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