Telcoms deny blocking SIM cards ahead NIN deadline

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MOBILE network operators in Nigeria have dismissed claims by subscribers that their SIM cards are being blocked before the deadline set for the linkage with the National Identification Number.

  Subscribers complain that while those with NIN have until January 19 as deadline to link their NIN with their SIM cards and those without NIN have until February 9 to do so, service providers have started blocking them from network even the two dates.

  But fielding questions from newsmen, a senior officer with the providers, Funso Aina said the operator has not started blocking SIM cards not yet linked with NIN.

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  “It is not true that we have started blocking SIM cards not linked with NIN,” Aina said.

  Also, another officer, Emeka Oparah said no subscriber has been blocked yet.

  “We are committed to ensuring total compliance with the directives of the Federal Government and the Nigerian Communications Commission on linking NIN with phone numbers. We have not blocked any customer and we will not block any customer at this point in line with the directives” Oparah said.

  According to NIMC Spokesman, Kayode Adegoke, the decentralisation will help decongest the large gatherings at the state offices in the two cities as well as make the NIN registration process faster and easier for applicants.

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  It will be recalled that Federal Government through the Nigerian Communications Commission had ordered telecommunications companies to deactivate telephone lines of subscribers who failed to link their phones to their National Identification Number.

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