Nigeria’s telco sector tackles vandalism

07 October 2022

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to tackle criminal activities targeting Nigeria’s telecom sector.

“Through despicable activities that are criminal and totally at variance with national security concerns of government, the deviant elements in our midst have been acting to undermine efforts put in place to consolidate the gains of the sector,” said Umar Danbatta, NCC executive vice chairman. “These criminal activities include theft and vandalism of telecommunications infrastructure, the illegal use of fraudulently-registered SIM cards, operating without a license, illegal call masking, and so on.”

The NCC reported that more than 50,000 cases of major destruction to telecom infrastructure and facilities had taken place in the past five years.