Telecommunication Companies in Nigeria Block Subscribers Mobile Lines over SIM-NIN Linkage Failure


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25 Association of Licensed Telecommunication Operators of Nigeria (ALTON) says its members will comply with Federal Government of Nigeria order to block phone lines of subscribers who filed to link the National Identification Number (NIN) with their SIM following the SIM-NIN linkage deadline, which ended on March 31 after been postponed for about 8 times.

The association in a statement jointly signed by its chairman, Gbenga Adebayo and head of operations, Gbolahan Awonuga, said “our members are committed to complying with the instructions and call on telecommunication subscribers who have not obtained or linked their NIN to their SIMs, to do so at any of the designated centres.”

The chairman said its members remained committed to supporting the Federal Government`s efforts in tackling insecurity, and upholding the rights of citizens to communicate.

Over 72.77 million mobile lines were affected. They have been barred from making and receiving calls, sending and receiving SMS, and access to internet data usage.

The Communications Minister Isa Pantami in a statement on Monday directed telcos to disable all mobile SIM cards in use but are yet to be linked with NIN. He emphasised that “enrolment for the NIN is a continuous exercise, and NIN is a precondition for service in Telcos, banks, Nigerian Immigration Service, and for several other government services”, advising Nigerians and legal residents to visit NIN registration centres for the enrollment and issuance of valid NINs.

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