The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied reports that it expects phone users to start submitting the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones from July.
It was reported earlier in the week that the commission in a new order contained in the commission’s Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration, asked Nigerians to start submitting the IMEI numbers of their phones as backed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
A phone’s IMEI number is a 15-digit unique number that serves as a fingerprint of the phone.
In a statement issued on Friday by Ikechukwu Adinde, the Director, Public Affairs, the commission said that at no time did it issue a statement regarding the registration of IMEI by subscribers.
Adinde added that the system will capture IMEI automatically without any requirement for subscribers to submit same.
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 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.”