Don’t link your SIM cards to another person’s NIN – NCC


The Nigerian Communications Commission has advised telecommunication subscribers not to allow their National Identification Numbers to be linked to another person’s Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards.

Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC’s spokesperson, revealed in a statement that the commission gave the warning during its third run Telecom Consumer Town Hall on Radio programme.

NCC’s director of consumer affairs bureau, Efosa Idehen, who gave the warning, said compliance would protect the owner of the NIN from any liabilities or negative consequences arising from the use of another person’s SIM.

“If the person, whose SIM is linked to your line use his own SIM to commit crimes or any form of atrocities, it is easy to be traced to you, and then, you will be dealt with because the SIM is linked to your NIN,” he said.

The statement added that during the phone-in segment of the radio programme, consumers within Nigeria and in the diaspora, especially from the United Kingdom (UK), Russia and neighbouring countries like Ghana, among others, called and received clarifications on the ongoing NIN-SIM integration in Nigeria.

“Discussions largely focused on educating consumers on NIN and its purpose, process of obtaining NIN, why consumers are being asked to submit their NIN to their Mobile Network Service Providers, the benefits of NIN-SIM linkage, the relationship between NIN and Bank Verification Number (BVN) registration, the step-by-step approach to linking NIN to SIM, and the role and uses of Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) *346# in the NIN-SIM integration activities,” the statement reads.

The NCC also said the deadline for NIN-SIM integration remains October 31, 2021.

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