The Nigerian Communications Commission has announced the commission’s Revised National Identity Policy for Sim Card Registration.
The commission said Nigerians will now have to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity of their phones to it from July.
The move by NCC to commence the implementation of the Device Management System is supported by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The president asked that the Device Management System be implemented within three months.
The policy reads “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 the 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 IMEI number is a 15-digit number unique to each phone. With the IMEI number, a phone can be tracked and located irrespective of the cellular number in it.