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Nigeria ‘We’re not giving FG our IMEI,’ Nigerians react to NCC’s directive

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The Nigerian Communications Commission wants to have IMEI codes of mobile phone users:


"Nigerians have kicked against the latest directive by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) asking Nigerians to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their mobile phones to the commission."

Supposedly this is to curtail the counterfeit mobile phone market, discourage mobile phone theft and reduce the rate of kidnapping among other things.

"Nigerians who kicked against this new directive vowed never to submit their IMEI to the NCC for any reason saying that the government should track the bandits and other terrorists causing havoc in the country."

"A portion of the policy said, “Accordingly, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, has directed that the Device Management System should be implemented within three months.”

Another news site on the same topic:


"A directive by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) asking Nigerians to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their mobile phones to the commission has sparked outrage.

Nigerians are quite unclear about the purposes of the directive.

They urged the Commission to focus on how to track kidnappers and bandits who use their phones to contact families of victims to demand ransom."

Naturally these plans cause some privacy concerns.

 
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