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Arrest, prosecution await illegal users of GSM boosters, NCC threatens

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Arrest, prosecution await illegal users of GSM boosters, NCC threatens

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has threatened to arrest and prosecute individual users of GSM booster without following due process.

According to the commission in a notice issues Tuesday and signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, its director of public affairs.

The commission said its attention had been drawn to the fact that GSM Boosters are being illegally used by individuals in Nigeria.

It directed that individuals desirous of using GSM Boosters should note that they can only do so in conjunction with licensed network operators.

The statement read: “For general information, GSM Boosters are devices that transmit and receive telecommunications signals and can therefore interfere with other radio frequency equipment.

“Members of the public should note that, willful interference with any wireless telegraphy is an offence under Section 16 of the Telegraphy Act, 2004. The Commission will not condone any flagrant breach on this law.”

NCC further stated that accordingly, monitoring mechanisms have been put in place and anyone caught using GSM Booster without obtaining approval of a duly licensed network operator will face arrest and prosecution.

“Any member of the public with useful information regarding the illegal use of GSM Boosters should contact the Commission on 09-4617000/7351 or send an email to cme@ncc.gov.ng,” the statement further read.

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