IMEI: We will capture subscribers’ phone IDs automatically —NCC

By AdvocateNews on 21/05/2021

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The Nigerian Communications Commission has said that subscribers do not have to submit their International Mobile Equipment Identity numbers to the agency as the data will be captured automatically.

Respomding to The PUNCH story on Friday that the regulatory agency would require subscribers phone IMEIs in three months, the commission said it would rather automatically capture the phone identifying numbers without reference to subscribers.

In a statement signed by NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde, the commission 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 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.”

Adinde added, “It is pertinent to state that the commission is in the process of deploying a Device Management System.

“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.”

News of the new directive on subscribers' phone ID had attracted serious criticism from Nigerians who doubted the real intention of the federal government having subjected them to rigorous exercise of linking their National Identification  Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) in recent past. 

Posted 21/05/2021 9:47:25 PM

 

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