The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) on Wednesday said it has blocked 10.7 million mobile telephone lines out of 38.78 million Subscribers Identification Module (SIM) cards found to be defective and deactivated.
The Head of the Compliance and Monitoring Unit of the commission, Mr Efosa Idehen, announced this while speaking with Technology correspondents in Lagos.
He explained that about 38.78 million SIM cards were found to be defective on account of improper registration details.
Such details, according to him, include poor finger prints, absence of facial information and other biometric issue.
Consequently, Idehen said that the operators, after strict monitoring by the commission, have bared about 10.7 million SIMs.
He said that the commission had, since the expiration of the ultimatum given to operators on Aug. 11, warned the operators to ensure full compliance.
The unit head further said that the operators were directed to bar any line found to have incomplete registration and later urged the affected subscribers to come and complete their registration.
He told newsmen that the commission, after due consultation with the National Security Adviser (NSA) and other stakeholders in the industry, agreed that pre-registered SIMs and others, found to be defective, should be deactivated.
By our correspondent.