In July, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will require residents and civilians to submit their phones’ International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) to the agency.

The IMEI is a 15-digit number that can be used for a variety of purposes, including monitoring and retrieving stolen devices by GSM network operators and authorities. The IMEI number is sent to the network base station any time you use a cell phone to access network facilities, such as making or receiving calls or sending SMS. This allows for IMEI monitoring.

President Muhammadu Buhari, according to Punch, has authorised the NCC’s implementation of the Device Management System, as well as the linkage of subscribers’ National Identification Numbers (NIN) to their mobile databases.

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 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 (DMS).

The implementation of a Centralized Equipment Identity Register (CEIR) otherwise known as Device Management System (DMS) will serve as a repository for keeping records of all registered mobile phones’ International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) 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 purpose is to ensure that such devices do not work even if different SIM Cards are inserted in those devices.

DMS will also provide access to all operators to cross-check the IMEIs and their status before allowing a device to become active on their network. Furthermore, registered mobile phone technicians will also be provided with an interface to check IMEIs and ensure it has not been reported as stolen or illegal before they render their technical services.

To achieve this, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) would be responsible for the implementation and management of the DMS to achieve the policy objectives.

To achieve this, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) would be responsible for the implementation and management of the DMS to achieve the policy objectives.

Accordingly, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR has directed that the Device Management System should be implemented within three months.

The objectives of implementing the DMS include the following:

. to register and capture the IMEIs of all mobile phones and other smart devices on the DMS which will serve as a repository for sharing data of stolen devices across all networks;

ii. to ensure all un-registered devices do not work in any of the Networks in Nigeria;

iii. to ensure every reported IMEIs for stolen and illegal mobile phones and other smart devices are blacklisted and shared with all operators across all networks;

iv. to mitigate Mobile Phone theft and protect Nigerians from been attacked to snatch their mobile phones and other smart devices;

v. to blacklist and render all stolen Mobile Phones and other Smart Devices valueless in the Nigerian Mobile Phones Market;

vi. to ease the use of mobile phones and other smart devices in all public places without fear of been attacked by mobile phone snatchers;

vii. to facilitate the use of digital technology solutions to address key issues bothering Nigerians in the Telecommunication Sector; and

to blacklist and render all stolen Mobile Phones and other Smart Devices valueless in the Nigerian Mobile Phones Market;

vi. to ease the use of mobile phones and other smart devices in all public places without fear of been attacked by mobile phone snatchers;

vii. to facilitate the use of digital technology solutions to address key issues bothering Nigerians in the Telecommunication Sector; and

This means the NCC will have all of the information on all Nigerians in its database. It enables the agency to monitor the phone’s records, text messages, people you call and their home addresses.

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