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NIMC denies allegation of extortion at NIN enrolment centers



Engr. Abisoye Coker Odusote

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has denied the allegation of bribery and extortions levelled against its staff across the country.

Responding to a trending post on social media that NIMC staff were demanding money before they could enrol people for the National Identification Number (NIN), the Commission said it has “a Zero tolerance policy towards all forms of extortion while ensuring that staff behave in an ethical manner at all times whilst performing their duties at work.”

It insisted that enrollment for the NIN is completely free while noting that only modification of data attracts N500, except change of name which is N15,000. The Commission also denied the claims that its server has been down, adding that NIN enrolment and data modifications are still ongoing across all its centres.

On Tuesday a Nigeran, @PIDOMNIGERIA, had made a post on the microblogging site, X, alleging corruption across NIMC centres nationwide.

Some followers of the account also corroborated the post by sharing their experiences at various enrollment centres.

While advising Nigerians to report any form of extortion they notice at any of its centres, the Commission said:

The Commission added that in a bid to curb any form of lapses and as part of its commitment to ensuring the highest standards of data security and compliance, all its Front End Partners (FEPs) are now undergoing a revalidation process for their licenses.

NIMC said it is also working tirelessly to ensure that enrolment and modification of Data are done seamlessly for Nigerians and legal residents