Nigerians Set Twitter On Fire As NCC Asks For Phone IMEI Number

TECHDIGEST – Reactions have thrilled the compulsory submission of the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of Nigerians’ phones juto the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) from July.

The NCC’s demand seemed not to have gone well with some Nigerians as they went social media to launch their complaints.

Some were claiming that section 37 of the 1999 constitution provides that: “The privacy of citizens, their homes, correspondence, telephone conversation and telegraphy communication is hereby granted and protected.”

They noted that the federal government has no right whatsoever to ask the people of their IMEI phone number.

Meanwhile, some said registering IMEI is a good policy for security reasons, mobile phones can be used to detonate bombs.

They added that the focus of the NCC should be on cybersecurity, saying Nigeria is among the least cyber secure country.

According to them, there’s no way they will be able to protect these data from unauthorized access.

Earlier, Techeconomy.ng reported that the regulatory body said this in part of the Revised National Identity Policy for SIM Card Registration.

The NCC’s move to start the implementation of the Device Management System (a Centralised Equipment Identity Register) is backed by the country’s President, Muhammadu Buhari.

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.”

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