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Why Nigerians should be worried about submitting their phone trackers ID to the government

The National Communication Commissions NCC on Friday issued a directive mandating all Nigerians to submit the IMEI otherwise known as the Tracker ID of their phones from July.

This directive has caused wild outburst in that the NCC attached certain sanctions to people to fail to follow the directive, which is total disconnection from the internet and their service providers.

I will like to share with you why Nigerians should be worried about releasing the IMEI of their phones to the federal government.

First, a brief introduction about IMEI and how you can find it on your phone.

The International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number is an international identity number used to uniquely identify a mobile phone. The 15-digit IMEI number is an electronic fingerprint transmitted every time a phone is used, which reveals the identity of the mobile handset.

IMEI numbers are independent of the phone number and are usually written underneath the battery or on the back of the handset. Mobile phone users can also check their 15 digit IMEI number by dialing *#06# on their mobile handset.

Now why should Nigerians be worried about releasing their IMEIs to the Federal Government?

Actually, the Federal Government and the NCC made a cogent point regarding to the reasons they want Nigerians to submit their phone's tracker ID. To help curb certain vices and in a way help fight insecurity.

However, we cannot deny the fact that when these IMEIs get to the Federal Government, there is a very high tendency the FG would abuse it. 

Remember, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, was recently busted to having a link with the Boko Haram terrorist sect, a case that called for thorough investigation but was swept under the carpet by the Nigerian Government.
Recently, Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed said they uncovered over 500 sites that are painting the Buhari's administration black and that adequate measures will be taken to cut the down the activities of the sites.

It is obvious that the Nigerian Government wants an avenue where it can track and know what every Nigerian does with his or her mobile phone.

Remember how #EndSARS protesters were tracked by their phones and arrested? Having our NIN is not enough for the NCC. They now want to know what we do with our private lives through this IMEI submission.

Thankfully there is an outrage already. Nigerians cannot submit their phone's tracking ID under a commission headed by a proposed terrorist, Isa Pantami.

In countries where this directive operates, their citizens do not use the internet freely for fear of being nabbed by security agencies, especially in core islamic countries like Indonesia. The government takes down anyone who speaks against it on the internet. This is what the Nigerian Government is hoping to achieve by getting all Nigerians to submit their phone's Tracking ID to the NCC.

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