The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC has uncovered eight million forceful subscriptions to telecoms services, and this was revealed in full audit carried out on 45 VAS providers that had over 65 per cent forceful subscriptions.
NCC who is Nigeria's telecoms regulator, uncovered the eight million forceful subscriptions to telecoms service after an audit exercise of forceful mass activation of telecoms subscribers into various value added services was conducted in December last year.
The audit was carried out after complaints by subscribers that the Do-Not-Disturb facility introduced by the NCC, had not stopped loss of airtime to Mobile Network Operators for unsolicited services.
“We identified over 8,443,367 illegal mass activations in the last audit exercise and established the fact that these practices of unauthorised mass activations of subscribers were widespread and rampant in the telecoms industry,” NCC said in the report.
Based on the outcome of the investigative audit, the commission promised to direct the indicted organisations to make refunds to affected consumers as appropriate.
Punch reported that the NCC added that it would impose appropriate sanctions as necessary and may suspend or decommission some VAS platforms and services in the overall interests of consumers.