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NCC denies asking subscribers to submit their IMEI number

The reaction follows several media reports of a recent directive by the NCC asking all mobile phone users to register their International Mobile Equipment Identity with the Commission.
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The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has denied asking subscribers to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones with effect from July 2021.

The reaction follows several media reports of a recent directive by the NCC asking all mobile phone users to register their International Mobile Equipment Identity with the Commission.

This clarification is contained in a press statement issued by the NCC on Friday, May 21, 2021, and signed by its Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde.

Adinde in the statement said that at no time did the commission issue a statement regarding the registration of IMEI by subscribers and has no plans to do so.

What NCC is saying about the IMEI Controversy
Adinde in the statement, on behalf of NCC, said, ‘’The attention of the Nigerian Communications Commission has been drawn to several media publications to the effect that the Commission will require Nigerians to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones to it from July 2021.

At no time did the Commission issue a Statement regarding the registration of IMEI by subscribers and it has no plans to do so.

The reports in question have emanated from a section of the Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration recently launched by President Muhammadu Buhari and which has been uploaded on the Commission’s website.

It is pertinent to state that the Commission is in the process of deploying a Device Management System (DMS). The DMS will essentially protect subscribers against phone theft and will identify and enable the elimination of fake devices from the networks.

The system will capture IMEI automatically without any requirement for subscribers to submit same.

The statement also advised the general public to disregard the said publications, which have created the erroneous impression that telephone subscribers will be required to register their IMEI with their networks.

In case you missed it

Following the reported directive by the NCC that all mobile phone subscribers should register their IMEI with the commission, several Nigerians have expressed their displeasure at the new initiative.

While some of them described the directive as an unconstitutional order, others called for a peaceful protest against the NCC’s move to register their objection to the policy.

Every mobile phone in the world has a unique number that specially identifies it called an IMEI (International Mobile Station Equipment Identity) number. This number is very important for security purposes. With the IMEI number, you can easily identify the manufacturer of your phone, record, and track if your phone has been stolen. There are a number of ways you can find the IMEI number of your Android device.

If you have a dual SIM phone, the IMEI number will be different for each of them since it is also associated with a SIM slot. Tablets that do not have SIM slots but use cellular connectivity also have an IMEI number.

Here are different ways to find the IMEI Number of your Android phone.

How to find IMEI Number using USSD code

This is the easiest and fastest way to find the IMEI number of your phone. It works for all phone types and it is universal.

Dial *#06# on your phone.
You can write it down or take a screenshot

How to find IMEI Number via Settings

For iOS users;
Scroll down and your IMEI will be displayed.

For phones with a removable battery, the IMEI is always printed on a sticker inside the phone. Take the battery out of the phone and you will see it.

How to find the IMEI Number for a lost device

Even if you have lost your phone, you can also find the IMEI number by logging into your Google account on a PC or another phone.

Go to “Google find my device” or click here.

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