The Computer Village which is largest ICT accessory market in Africa and a Perfect competition market, under the umbrella of Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN) has stepped up their game as they aim to prevent the further very rampant cases of phone theft which has unfortunately eroded the market.
I think they have actually tried with this as tracking stolen phones has become a thing of challenge most especially in Nigeria. It all seem like we lack the general technicality to do stuffs like this. Even though we do hope that is all in the past now, and we expect the government to take a cue from this move.
The village has launched a unified database to track stolen phones. The unified database could go a long way in curbing criminal activities, as long as traders are encouraged/enforced to sell, and customers demand to buy, only registered merchandise. This translates that the initiative can only work if it gains the total support of the general populace. We hope it does too.