The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has cleared the air over reports that mobile subscribers will be required to submit the international mobile equipment identity (IMEI) of their phones to it from July, 2021.
This comes after the heavy uproar generated by the proposed move, with Nigerians on social media vehemently opposing it.
In a statement Friday, Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC’s director of public affairs, said the commission never issued 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,” the statement read
“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.”
Adinde enjoined the general public to disregard the publications which have created the impression that telephone subscribers will be required to register their IMEI with their networks.