MTN Nigeria Communications PLC (MTN Nigeria) has received a directive from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to implement full network barring on all phone lines without verified National Identity Numbers (NINs). This measure follows a previous regulation from April 2022 restricting outgoing calls for lines not linked to NINs.
Deadlines for Barring:
- February 28, 2024: Lines with no submitted NINs will be barred.
- March 29, 2024: Lines with unverified NINs and linked to five or more phone numbers will be barred.
- April 15, 2024: Lines with unverified NINs and linked to less than five phone numbers will be barred.
MTN is actively contacting affected subscribers and expanding service outlets to streamline the NIN verification process. All barred lines require biometric and biodata verification for reactivation.
MTN acknowledges the government’s effort to establish a reliable national identity system and supports this initiative as a law-abiding citizen. Further updates on progress and potential impact will be provided with the release of FY 2023 results.
MTN urges all subscribers with unlinked NINs to visit the nearest MTN outlet or use digital channels before the deadlines. Those without a NIN should visit any NIMC enrollment center nationwide.