JUST IN: Police crackdown on syndicate selling registered cards to criminals

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has apprehended six individuals involved in a serious national security breach involving the sale of pre-registered SIM cards to criminals.

This was revealed at a press briefing today by the FCT Police Commissioner, CP Benneth Igweh, at a press briefing at the FCT Police Command Headquarters in Abuja.

The suspects arrested are Ndubuisi Okeh, John Jock, Nafiu Tijani, Nasiru Sulaiman, John Njoku and Suleiman Musa.

The suspects were arrested on May 29, 2024, by a team of detectives from the State Intelligence Department (SID), led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mohammed S. Baba.

Already, over 1,100 already registered SIM cards, three registration machines and additional gadgets used in the illegal operations have been recovered.

The investigation revealed that the suspects sold the pre-registered SIM cards at prices ranging from three to five thousand naira each.

The cards were then used by criminals for various illicit activities, including fraud and terrorism, thus posing a significant threat to national security.

The FCT Police Command assured that it will continue to investigate the full extent of the syndicate and prevent similar security breaches in the future.

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