The Nigerian communications commission NCC has debunked 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.
In a statement published on its official website and signed by its director, public affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde, the commission stated that it did not issue a request for the IMEI number of subscribers and it has no plans to do so.
It added that the Commission is in the process of deploying a Device Management System (DMS), which will protect subscribers against phone theft and will identify and enable the elimination of fake devices from the networks.
In a warning to the general public, the NNC said the DMS would capture IMEI automatically without any requirement for subscribers to submit it.
“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.”