NCC Confirms FG Monitoring of Phone Calls in Nigeria

Stacy Kihara, Air War College Student, Tony Ojobo, Director Public Affairs Department NCC and Austin Nwaulune, Director Spectrum Administration

Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said that the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has a direct link to the NCC’s SIM registration data base in order to monitor and apprehend criminals in the country.
Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, NCC’s executive vice chairman, who was represented by Mr. Tony Ojobo, director, Public Affairs, NCC, stated this when the commission hosted a delegation of students from the US war College in Abuja.
According to Mr. Ojobo while answering questions; the commission is working very hard to make sure that Nigerians have access to telecommunication within every five kilometers.
Mr Bashir Idris, NCC’s head of Projects Department said the whole essence of the SIM registration exercise started in 2012 was to prevent crimes by monitoring activities of criminals.
He added about 150 million SIM cards have been properly registered in NCC database so far even as the exercise is still ongoing.
He said the commission has strategic partnership with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) on its database.
Meanwhile, the NCC is to look into areas of possible cooperation with the US war college especially in the area of cyber security.

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