GSM subscribers not required to submit International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number – NCC

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Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, NCC boss

ABUJA (Press Release) – The attention of the Nigerian Communications 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 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 theft and will identify and enable the elimination of devices from the networks. The system will capture IMEI automatically without any requirement for subscribers to submit same.

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


Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde
Director, Public Affairs

21, 2021