The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it’s in the process of deploying the Devise Management System (DMS) which will automatically capture the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers of Nigerians.
There were several media publications to the effect that the commission will require citizens to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones to it from July 2021.
In a statement signed by NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, 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.
He continued, “It is pertinent to state that the Commission is in the process of deploying a Devise 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.”
By Abel Ejikeme