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NCC: Nigerians not required to submit phone IMEIs, it is automatic

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says subscribers are not required to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones.

NCC in a statement issued by its Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde to clarify reports that all mobile phone users to register their International Mobile Equipment Identity with the Commission on Friday, May 21, 2021, said no time did the commission issue a statement regarding the registration of IMEI by subscribers and has no plans to do so.

The statement 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.

“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 Device 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 statement also advised the general public 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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