NCC shuts down 7 mobile phone importers
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has sealed off companies of seven major importers of phones and their accessories.
They were alleged to have engaged in the importation of unapproved products.
Director, Enforcement, at the commission, Alhaji Salisu Abdu, stated this yesterday in Kano when he led a team to the state for their quarterly exercise.
Abdu said a number of unapproved GSM handsets and accessories have been confiscated from importers across the country since commencement of the enforcement exercise by the commission.
He said in Kano, the commission has issued a free enforcement notice to some major importers to either comply with the provisions of Sections 131 and 132 of the NCC Act, or have their companies sealed and their products confiscated by the commission.
“Today (yesterday) we have visited the affected companies and found that they have complied with our directives. They have withdrawn their products from the market. So, we are expecting those companies to come forward with models of their GSM handsets and accessories to NCC for test,” he said.
The assistant director warned that any major importer that is found wanting will face the wrath of the law.
He also called on GSM dealers in the state to support the commission, lamenting that dealers are allowing importers to get unapproved products into Nigerian markets.