The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has said Nigerians are not required to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones as a requirement to register new SIM cards.
A statement by the commission’s director, public affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, said 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 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.
“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,” it said.
The statement advised the general public to disregard the said publications, which have created the erroneous impression that telephone subscribers will be required to register their IMEI with their networks.