Those extorting NIN applicants risk 7-year jail term – NIMC
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has sternly warned its officers extorting National Identification Number (NIN) applicants, revealing they risk a 7-year jail term.
Citing Sections 14, 20 and 21 of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) Act and Sections 10 and 12 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, the NIMC via its verified Twitter page stated that the offence is punishable in accordance with the laws also asserted that the ongoing enrollment for the National Identification Number (NIN) is free across the nation.
Nigerians have been asked to report such cases of extortion for diligent prosecution to serve as a deterrent to others.
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Recalls that a set of new National Identity Numbers (NIN) registration rules have just been released for Nigerians for year 2021.
NIMC spokesman, Kayode Adegoke announced that henceforth, Nigerians will need to book ahead before visiting the NIMC centres.
“Effective December 30, 2020, attending to applicants would be based on Booking System. For bookings, applicants are to visit any of the NIMC Offices closest to them during stipulated business hours (9 am – 1 pm).
“Although the policy has been in place since 4th February 2020 applicants are now crowding all the centres. Personal Information would be collected for the sole purpose of scheduling an enrolment appointment.
“Please do not include any personal information other than what is required by the booking register.
“Once admitted into the office, a Number-Issuing queue management system will be in place to ensure orderliness and strict adherence to COVID-19 Protocols.
“As a responsible Commission, we fully understand that safety comes first, as such, only individuals with facemask would be allowed entrance into our premises.
“We urge the general public to cooperate with us as we work assiduously to respond to the new normal”.
The recent Federal Government’s policy which requires mobile network subscribers to update their SIM registration with a valid National Identification Number (NIN) triggered the rush for NIN at the various NIMC Enrolment Centres nationwide.