Considering the Legal Tenability of the Implementation of New Sim Registration Rules – Oreoluwa Adebayo
On November 7, 2011, the Federal Government of Nigeria passed the Communications Commission (“Registration of Telephone Subscribers”) Regulations which required mobile phone subscribers to allow their finger prints and a biometric map of their faces to be collected and registered to their SIM cards, which are then stored in a central government database. Subsequently, on December 9, 2020, the Nigerian Communications Commission (“NCC”) issued a directive for the suspension of new SIM registration by network operators. The dust had barely settled when on the 15th of December 2020, the NCC issued a fresh directive titled “Implementation of New SIM Registration Rules”. As expected, the newly issued directive caused an uproar amongst enraged Nigerian citizens, as many took to various social media platforms to express their concerns over the looming logistics nightmare presented by the directive.