The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, has threatened to sanction any individual or institution found wanting in the event of evidence that there is an improperly registered subscriber identification module (SIM) on networks in Nigeria.
A section of the media reported that the Senate has summoned the Minister concerning the role of communication devices in national security.
“Dr Pantami awaits the official invitation and would like to sincerely thank the Distinguished Senators for their concern and support towards improving national security,” a statement from the Ministry signed by Dr Femi Adeluyi said on Thursday.
The statement added that: “Honourable Minister has supported security agencies in their statutory duty of protecting lives and property and this is why his first action after his appointment was to issue a directive that no improperly registered subscriber identification module (SIM) be allowed to remain on our networks.
“Based on the report submitted by the regulator (Nigerian Communications Commission) on the 26th of September 2019, there is currently no improperly registered SIM on our networks. In the event of evidence to the contrary, the Honourable Minister will sanction any individual or institution found wanting,” the statement read.