NCC denies compelling Nigerians to submit IMEI

By Nneka Enuma

The director, public affairs of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Ikechukwu Adinde, on Saturday, May 22, 2021, denied the viral report credited to the commission of compelling Nigerians to submit their International Mobile Equipment (IMET) of their phones to the commission from July, 2021.

The press statement from the commission read:

“The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission has been drawn to several media publications to the effect that the Commission will require Nigerians to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones to it from July, 2021.

“At no time did the Commission issue a Statement regarding the registration of IMEI by subscribers and it has no plans to do so.

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Continuing, “The reports in question have emanated from a section of the Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration recently launched by President Muhammadu Buhari and which has been uploaded on the Commission’s website.

“It is pertinent to state that the Commission is in the process of deploying a Devise Management System (DMS). The DMS will essentially protect subscribers against phone theft and will identify and enable the elimination of fake devices from the networks. The system will capture IMEI automatically without any requirement for subscribers to submit same.

“The general public is advised to disregard the said publications which have created the erroneous impression that telephone subscribers will be required to register their IMEI with their networks”.

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