Nigerians will be required to submit their International Mobile Equipment Identity beginning from July this year according to the Nigerian Communications Commission.
This is a fresh effort to clamp down on criminals, the NCC said in the Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration.
The IMEI is a 15-digit number which is unique to identify mobile phones, as well as some satellite phones.
The IMEI is usually found inside the battery compartment of the phone, but it is also displayed on-screen by dialing *#06# MMI Supplementary Service code.
The NCC said the move was following the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to enforce the Device Management System which should be implemented within three months, according to Punch.
NCC in the policy said, “Accordingly, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, has directed that the Device Management System should be implemented within three months.
“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.”