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SERAP Gives Buhari Government 48 Hours To Withdraw Asking Nigerians For Phone IMEI Numbers

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to order the Nigerian Communications Commission to withdraw the directive asking Nigerians to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of their phones.

The Nigerian Communications Commission had stated that Nigerians would have to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity of their phones to it from July.

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In reaction, SERAP stated that the directive should be withdrawn, noting that it cannot be justified under any circumstance.

The group said the NCC’s directive amounts to mass surveillance, which is contrary to the 1999 Constitution and would have a profound impact on other human rights.

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A tweet from SERAP read, “We urge President Buhari to direct the Nigerian Communications Commission to immediately withdraw the illegal directive asking Nigerians to submit the International Mobile Equipment Identity of their phones.

“We’ll see in court if this is not withdrawn within 48 hours.

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“The directive cannot be justified under any circumstances, as it amounts to mass surveillance, which is contrary to the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended], and violates the rights to privacy, freedom of expression, and would have a profound impact on other human rights.”

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