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President Buhari Approves Policy For Nigerians To Submit Their Phone’s IMEI Number To NCC

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a policy for every citizen to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity of their phones to Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

President Buhari Approves Policy For Nigerians To Submit Their Phone’s IMEI Number To NCC 3

NCC stated this in their Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration, where it asked Nigerians to starting from July 2021.

The move to start the implementation of the Device Management System (a Centralised Equipment Identity Register) will allow the government to be able to identify every phone in use in Nigeria,

A portion of the policy said, “Accordingly, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has directed that the Device Management System should be implemented within three months,” Punch reports.

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“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.”

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.

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According to an expert that helps the Nigerian Police track stolen phones, who asked for anonymity, said, “The IMEI of a phone allows us to track the phone.

“It allows us to track the phone’s information, people the phone calls each day and the house address of the people that call on the phone.”

“I can’t disclose how the IMEI of a phone works. It is sensitive information. Leaking the secret helps the people stealing the phone bypass the information.

“Some people already try to change the IMEI of stolen phones, but we know what to do to get the original one.”

With this move, the NCC will have the IMEI numbers, NIN, and mobile numbers of every Nigerian home and abroad.

This comes amid the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise slated to end on June 30, 2021.

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