FCT Police arrest six suspects who register SIM cards in innocent persons’ names and sell to crimin@ls

The FCT Police Command has arrested six suspects who specialise in registering SIM cards with other innocent citizens’ identities and selling them to criminals.

The suspects, identified as Ndubuisi Okeh, John Jock, Nafiu Tijani, Nasiru Sulaiman, John Njoku, and Suleiman Musa, were arrested on May 29, 2024, by a team of detectives from the State Intelligence Department (SID) led by ACP Mohammed S. Baba.

Parading the suspects on Thursday, June 13, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igwe, said the suspects sold the SIM cards to criminals between N3,000 and N5000.

He noted that a total of 1,100 registered SIM cards; three registration machines; two fingerprint machines and a mobile phone were recovered from the suspects.

According to him, “It may interest you to know that four different numbers could be registered under a single NIN, hence, these criminals employ street sim card vendors to get the details of unsuspecting residents who buy sim cards and register at the same time.

Over one thousand, one hundred already registered sim cards, three registration machines, and other gadgets were recovered from the suspects. The suspects have all confessed to the crime and will be charged to court at the conclusion of the investigation.”


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