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Boko Haram: FG warns Nigerians over buying used phones, SIM cards


THE Federal Government has warned

Nigerians to desist from buying used phones

and pre-registered SIM cards from uncertain

sources, as such phones and SIM cards might

have been used for terrorist and criminal


Coordinator, National Information Centre

and Director-General, National Orientation

Agency, Mr Mike Omeri, made this known on

Tuesday in Abuja, while briefing journalists on

the efforts of the Federal Government in

containing the activities of insurgents in the


He stated that “the caution has become

necessary to save members of the public the

embarrassment of being apprehended for

crimes committed with phones and SIM cards

found in their possession.

Omeri further advised members of the public

to endeavour to report cases of stolen

phones and SIM cards to the police, while

desisting from purchasing used phones/SIM

cards from unknown sources.

Omeri also noted that the recent regional

ministerial meeting convened to explore ways

of achieving international cooperation in

tackling the challenge of insurgency in the

North-Eastern Nigeria had called for more

action in tackling the menace.

He further noted that the meeting was

convened to look into the level of

implementation of the decisions and

commitments made at the Paris Summit of

May 2014 and the follow up meetings in

London and Washington DC.

“Particularly, the meeting underscored the

need to effectively address the sources of

funding and supply of weapons to the Boko

Haram and called for greater international

cooperation in tackling all forms of illegal

transfer of arms and ammunition,” Omeri


He also added that the forum advocated strict

sanctions against terrorist groups, especially

the Boko Haram, while commending the

effort of the Nigeria government in setting up

the Victims Support Fund for alleviating the

plight of victims of insurgency

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