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NIN-SIM linkage: Rights activist sues MTN, Glo, NCC,others for line barring

NIN-SIM linkage: Rights activist sues MTN, Glo, NCC,others f

Olukoya Ogungbeje, a rights activist, has filed a lawsuit against Nigerian telecommunications firms, challenging the recent ban on individuals' phone lines. 

The action, filed at the Federal High Court in Lagos, targets major telecom carriers such as MTN Nigeria, Airtel, Glo, and 9 Mobile, as well as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and its CEO, Dr. Aminu Mada.

Ogungbeje claims that after receiving a court order on February 22 to suspend the banning of phone lines pending the case, the respondents deactivated multiple lines, including his own, on February 28. 

He claims that this activity violates the court order and requests a declaration of its illegality.

In his affidavit, Ogungbeje argues that in January, the respondents threatened to block or deactivate Nigerians' cell connections that were not linked to their National Identification Number (NIN), prompting his initial legal action. 

He now seeks a determination that the act of banning and deactivating phone lines beginning February 28th, despite the court order, is incorrect and illegal.

Ogungbeje wants that the limitations on impacted phone lines be lifted immediately, and that the telecom providers pay N10 billion in exemplary damages. 

He also seeks a perpetual injunction to prohibit any further measures against affected citizens. There is no hearing date set for the matter.

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