The Nigerian Communications Commission NCC has refuted several media publications to the effect that the Commission will require Nigerians to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) Number of their phones to it from July, 2021.

A statement by Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde indicates that at no time did the Commission issue a Statement regarding the registration of IMEI by subscribers and it has no plans to do so, stressing that the reports in question 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.

While reiterating the fact that the Commission is in the process of deploying a Device Management System (DMS) which will essentially protect subscribers against phone theft, identify and enable the elimination of fake devices from the networks; The statement says 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; the statement added

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