The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned of a viral link being circulated on social media and some websites to unbar sim cards that are barred from making calls.
According to NCC, the viral web link the link and its contents represent misinformation and disinformation certainly designed to mislead the general public about the SIM cards barred from making calls due to non-linkage with NIN at the set deadline.
The Link, https://bit.ly/NCC-Sim-Unbar-Gov-Ng has been circulating on social media, especially on WhatsApp and Facebook, where most gullible Nigerians had been victimised by it.
In a statement, NCC said that it hasn’t issued any statement contained in the website, as the peddlers were set to mislead the public.
“The misleading, viral message mischievously displays NCC logo and ostensibly promises members of the public that, by clicking the web link and following further instructions in that regard, subscribers with barred SIM cards can unbar such SIMs across mobile networks without a valid NIN.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the NCC wishes to state categorically that it never issued such a statement, directing subscribers or indicating that subscribers can unbar their SIM without a NIN. As such, the originators and peddlers of the spurious message were out to mischievously mislead unsuspecting members of the public. Therefore, their message should be disregarded.
“The NCC is the national regulatory authority for telecommunications in Nigeria, and it is co-driving the process of the NIN-SIM linkage with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) as directed by the Federal Government.
“The Commission will not, under any circumstance, act contrary to the Federal Government’s directive to MNOs to bar SIMs cards not linked to NINs at the expiration of the last deadline given for the NIN-SIM linkage exercise,” the statement read.