The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has said it has held a meeting with the six telecom companies accused of “call masking” to confront them with some of the evidence at its disposal.
An earlier report had said that the commission had given six companies a January 31 2018 deadline to defend their participation in call masking or risk suspension of their licenses.
Call masking is a technique used to hide numbers when making calls or sending messages.
In a recent statement, spokesman for the telecom regulator, Mr. Tony Ojobo, said that the NCC would “impose the maximum possible penalties on any of its licensees implicated in the practice of masking of international telephone calls. As such, it is likely that the operating licences of some of the interconnect exchange and other licensees involved in the practice would either be revoked or suspended in the coming week.’’
In some cases, international numbers are masked with local numbers which are not charged, because the caller’s identity is completely hidden on the network.
“Because of the critical impacts of this nefarious practice on national security and consumer experience, the commission is determined to decisively deal with any of its licensees implicated in the scam. We do not want to expose the country to any further embarrassment. At the very least, serious sanctions would be imposed on them if it is found that their involvement does not justify license or revocation of their licenses,” he added.

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