We never issued a statement regarding the registration of IMEI- NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) denies reports instructing Nigerians to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity(IMEI) numbers from July 2021.
In a statement titled “Subscribers not required to Submit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) Number”, the commission revealed that at no time did it issue a Statement regarding the registration of IMEI by subscribers and it has no plans to do so.
The statement read, ” 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.
It is pertinent to state that the Commission is in the process of deploying a Device 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.”
The statement, which was signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, advised the general public to disregard the said publications.

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