The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC says it is developing a Device Management System (DMS) to protect subscribers against phone and mobile device theft and enable the elimination of fake devices from the various networks.
In a statement by the Commission signed by its Director Public Affairs, Mr Ikechukwu Adinde, the Commission said contrary to several media publications that the Commission will require Nigerians to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones from July, 2021, its working on the new system to guide against device theft.
The statement says 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 statement says 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.
The commission states that the new DTS system will capture automatically capture the IMEI of mobile devices without any requirement for subscribers to submit same.
The Commission advised the public to disregard the said publication, which has created the erroneous impression that telephone subscribers will be required to register their IMEI with their networks.