According to the Nigerian Communications Commission, Nigerians will be asked to provide their international mobile equipment identity starting in July.
In the commission’s Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration, the regulatory body declared this.
President Muhammadu Buhari supports the NCC’s decision to begin implementing the Device Management System (a Centralised Equipment Identity Register).
“As a result, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has mandated that the Device Management System be deployed within three months,” according to a section of the policy.
“With the goal of curtailing the counterfeit mobile phone market, discouraging mobile phone theft, enhancing national security, protecting consumer interests, increasing government revenue generation, reducing the rate of kidnapping, and mitigating the use of stolen phones for crime, one way to accomplish this is to establish a Device Management System, which allows for the blocking or tracing of stolen mobile phones and other smart devices.” NCC mentioned.
“The development of a Centralised Equipment Identity Register, also known as a Device Management System, will act as a repository for all registered mobile phones’ International Mobile Equipment Identity and their owners.
“IMEIs that have been reported as stolen or illegal will be shared with all operators and service providers through the DMS.”
The mobile phone’s fingerprint is the IMEI number. It’s a 15-digit number that’s specific to each phone. A phone’s IMEI number can be tracked and located regardless of the phone’s cellular number.
“The IMEI of a phone allows us to track the phone,” claimed an expert who helped the Nigerian Police track stolen phones and requested anonymity.
“It allows us to track the phone’s information, the people who call each day, and the people who call on the phone’s residence address.”
“I can’t reveal how a phone’s IMEI works,” the expert continued. It’s private information. The persons stealing the phone can get around the information by leaking the secret.
“Some people are already attempting to alter the IMEI of stolen phones, but we know how to obtain the original.”
The NCC will now have access to every Nigerian’s IMEI, NIN, and mobile phone numbers as a result of this decision.