Nigerians have taken to Twitter to react to the directives of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) demanding citizens to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones from July 2021.
The IMEI number is the mobile phone’s fingerprint. It is a 15-digit number unique to each phone.
With the IMEI number, a phone can be tracked and located irrespective of the cellular number in it.
In the commission’s Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration, the regulatory body noted that its move to start the implementation of the Device Management System (a Centralised Equipment Identity Register) is backed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The policy read partly: “Accordingly, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has directed that the Device Management System should be implemented within three months.”
The NCC said, “With the aim to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone market, discourage mobile phone theft, enhance National Security, protect consumer interest, increase revenue generation for the government, reduce the rate of kidnapping, mitigate the use of stolen phones for crime, and facilitate blocking or tracing of stolen mobile phones and other smart devices, one of the means to achieve this is through the deployment of Device Management System.
“The implementation of a Centralised Equipment Identity Register otherwise known as Device Management System will serve as a repository for keeping records of all registered mobile phones’ International Mobile Equipment Identity and owners of such devices.
“IMEIs that have been reported as either stolen or illegal will be shared through the DMS to all the operators and service providers.”
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