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NCC announce Submission of phone IDs in three months

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Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC), has announced that Nigerians will have to submit their International Mobile Equipment Identity of their phones to the Commission from July.

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The commission made it known in its Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration, that the directive was given by the President.

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NCC said the aim of the exercise is to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone market, discourage mobile phone theft, enhance National Security, protect consumer interest, increase revenue generation for the government, reduce the rate of kidnapping, mitigate the use of stolen phones for crime, and facilitate blocking or tracing of stolen mobile phones and other smart devices.

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The Commission said:

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“Accordingly, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has directed that the Device Management System should be implemented within three months.

With the aim to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone market, discourage mobile phone theft, enhance National Security, protect consumer interest, increase revenue generation for the government, reduce the rate of kidnapping, mitigate the use of stolen phones for crime, facilitate blocking it tracing of mobile phones and other smart devices, one of the means to achieve this is through the deployment of Device Management System.

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The implementation of a Centralised Equipment Identity Register otherwise known as Device Management System will serve as a repository for keeping records of all registered mobile phones’ International Mobile Equipment Identity and owners of such devices.

IMEIs that have been reported as either stolen or illegal will be shared through DMs to all the operators and service providers”.

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