SIM-NIN: Telecom consumers set to sue FG over policy

Telecommunications subscribers under the auspices of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers say they are set to sue the Federal Government next month.

They intend to sue the government in a bid to temporarily suspend the government’s barring of subscribers’ outgoing calls.

In an interview on Wednesday, the President of the association, Adeolu Ogunbanjo, divulged that NATCOM was set to take the government to court by May if it fails to temporarily lift the ban.

According to him, the association will be joined in a suit already filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project against the Federal Government on the NIN-SIM policy implementation.

He said, “We have said that if the Federal Government does not lift the ban, we would go to court. But SERAP said it had filed a document in the court. So, we are giving the government until the end of the month.

“NATCOM is saying that by the end of the month, we will go to court. We are going to court to ensure the government unbans the lines and extends the deadline. SERAP has made the first move already, we would be joined in the suit.

“After the expiration of our deadline for the government to reconsider its decision, we would formally go to court, along with SERAP. By the first week in May, we are joining SERAP in the court.”

Ogunbanjo pointed out that even subscribers who had linked their NIN with their SIMs before the directive was also blocked.

He said the directive was unfair to subscribers, as its implementation had affected their businesses.



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