The Nigeria Communications Commission has require all Nigerians to submit the International Mobile Equipment
The agency stated this in the commission’s Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration.
According to Punch, “This is part of NCC’s move to start the implementation of the Device Management System (a Centralised Equipment Identity Register) backed by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
A portion of the policy said, “Accordingly, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has directed that the Device Management System should be implemented within three months.”
The NCC said, “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, and facilitate blocking or tracing of stolen mobile phones and other smart devices, one of the means to achieve this is through the deployment of Device Management System.
“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 the DMS to all the operators and service providers.”
The cell phone’s fingerprint is the IMEI number. It’s a 15-digit number that’s unique to each phone. A phone’s IMEI number can be registered and found regardless of the phone’s cellular number.
“The IMEI of a phone allows us to track the phone,” said an expert who helped the Nigerian Police track stolen phones and requested anonymity. “It allows us to track the phone’s information, people the phone calls each day and the house address of the people that call on the phone.”
“It helps us to monitor the phone’s details, the people who call each day, and the people who call on the phone’s house address.”
“Some people already try to change the IMEI of stolen phones, but we know what to do to get the original one.”
The NCC will now have access to every Nigerian’s IMEI, NIN, and cell phone numbers as a result of this move.