It is illegal to use jamming devices used to prevent mobile phones from receiving signals in Nigeria, the Federal Government has warned giving a week ultimatum to users to stop them.[blockquote right=”pull-right”]Government will seize jamming devices and detain, investigate and prosecute offenders for using them in Nigeria when the ultimatum expires, the telecoms watchdog warned. [/blockquote]
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which issued the threat has also warned against the illegal sales and installation of phone-jamming devices across the country.
Government will seize jamming devices and detain, investigate and prosecute offenders for using them in Nigeria when the ultimatum expires, the telecoms watchdog warned.
Tony Ojobo, Director of Public Affairs, NCC said that the telecoms regulatory agency is worried that jamming devices are being used in several locations nationwide.
The telecoms watchdog restated its responsibility to protect consumers and ensure quality services also added that it is illegal to sell, instal and use “any equipment that hinders network interoperability.”
NCC warned that any person who sells, installs or uses such devices in their shops, offices, religious places, houses or business premises should “within seven days of the notice issued desist from the illegal and unauthorised act by stopping the sales, installation and usage of such devices.”
The telecoms regulator said that concerned persons are warned to switch off, remove and hand over the devices to the nearest police station “for record and keep.”