The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Lagos Command, has arrested a 35-year-old man, (name withheld) for allegedly dealing in illegal foreign Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) card business.
The NSCDC Lagos Commandant, Mr. Paul Ayeni, said that the suspect was arrested by the Joint Task Force of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and NSCDC, Lagos Command on March 3, around 5p.m. at Computer Village, Lagos
He was caught during a surveillance patrol of “Operation Clamp Down on illegal Dealers of SIM cards” in Lagos State without formal licence and official registration with NCC.
The foreign SIM cards recovered include 46 Lycamobile; nine O2; three Gifgaff; and one H2O SIM card.
According to Ayeni, the action contravened Section 31 of the NCC Act, 2003, and Telecommunication Subscribers Registration Regulations (TSRR) Act, 2011.
“The suspect will be charged to court soon once the investigation is concluded,” the commandant added.
The suspect, upon interrogation, confessed to the allegations of selling foreign SIM cards without proper registration and licensing from NCC since February 2020.
“I buy foreign SIM cards through different vendors.
“The cost prices range from N4,000 to N7,000 and each sells for N10,000 depending on the country like the United Kingdom and the U.S.’’, the suspect said.