It Is Not True, FG Says Nigerians Are Not Mandated to Submit IMEI Numbers

It Is Not True, FG Says Nigerians Are Not Mandated to Submit IMEI Numbers

- The NCC has discredited reports on the IMEI registration

- The commission explained how it plans to capture the IMEI of phones in the country

- The NCC urged the public to disregard rumours about registering IMEI with their networks

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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied asking Nigerians to submit their phone International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers.

It is not true - FG reacts to reports on submission of IMEI numbers
The Nigerian government has been updating its data base of citizens. Photo: @FMoCDENigeria
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A spokesperson for the commission, Ikechukwu Adinde, in a statement via its website on Friday, May 21, said reports claiming that the NCC mandated Nigerian phone users to submit their IMEI numbers were false.

He 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.''

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The commission, however, stated that it would deploy the Device Management System (DMS) which will capture IMEI automatically without any requirement for subscribers to submit them.

The NCC stated that phone subscribers in the country will not be required to register their IMEI with their networks.

In another news, the minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami, has extended the ongoing National Identification Number and Subscriber Identity Module integration exercise.

The exercise has been extended till June 30, The Cable reported.

Punch reported that this was contained in a statement jointly signed by the director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications Commission, Ikechukwu Adinde; and the head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission, Káyọ̀dé Adegoke.

Meanwhile, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has been conferred the most outstanding minister of the year award. The award was given by People and Power Magazine.

In a post by the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Nigeria on Facebook the award was in recognition of the laudable policies developed by the ministry under him.


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