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Buhari Approves Policy for the Submission of Mobile Phones IMEI to NCC

In the Revised National Identity Policy for Sim Card Registration, the NCC (Nigerian Communications Commission) disclosed that Nigerians will be submitting the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) of their smartphones from the month of July, 2021. This policy has been approved by President Buhari.

According to NCC, the new policy will grant the Government access to identify every phone being used in the country.

A part of the policy reads;

“Accordingly, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has directed that the Device Management System should be implemented within three months.

NCC

“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.

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“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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