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NCC: Nigerians express concern over submission of phone ID

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Nigerians have expressed concern over the new directive by the Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) which asked Nigerians to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones.

NCC on Friday announced that beginning from July, Nigerians will be required to submit the IMEI of their phones to it.

This caused some reactions as many are wondering why the directive is coming since many are yet to link their NIN with their SIM, especially despite allegations Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, had links with terrorist groups.

Minister Pantami has been under fire of late over his past pro-Taliban and Al-Qaeda comments but the minister claimed he has renounced his radical views. Many Nigerians have since called for his resignation or sacking. The Presidency, however, exonerated him, saying he made those comments when he was young and naive.

IMEI is a unique number given to every single mobile phone, typically found behind the battery. With the IMEI number, a phone can be tracked and located irrespective of the cellular number in it.

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.

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