The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) said it was about deploying a new technology that would track and unmask fraudsters involved in subscriber identification module (SIM) box fraud popularly called call masking which has been a concern to the industry in the past one year.
Executive vice chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, who disclosed this when the house of representatives committee on financial crimes paid a working visit to the commission’s headquarters in Abuja
Speaking while leading other members of the committee to a high-level meeting at the headquarters of the commission yesterday in Abuja, the chairman, Mr. Kayode Oladele, expressed concerns on the dangers call masking portend in the country.
The committee would later listen to presentations on the complex problem from top echelon staff of the regulator led by Prof Danbatta.
“Within a very short time we are very impressed by the responses and I wish Nigerians could be told about what we have done here today. Many people feel that nothing has been done whereas so much has been done, except that if you ask me what we have achieved today I will say that I am leaving here more confused because the problem is bigger than what we thought,” said Oladele at the end of the meeting.
Earlier, the NCC boss had told the committee that the menace was not peculiar to Nigeria’s telecom industry alone and the agency had already assembled its finest technical brains to select the best technology solution to be deployed for detecting SIM boxes used by the perpetrators in the country.
“When we notice a phenomenon which is anti- competitive or undermining the security of the land we promptly take actions. In this regard, we have taken some steps to ensure that operators licensed by the commission abstain from the act. And we noticed an anecdotal improvement as the numbers came down reasonably. Yet all of a sudden we have an additional dimension, SIM boxing. These are electronic boxes with a capacity to receive and transmit calls.
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