NIN is free of charge, NIMC urges Nigerians to report extortion

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has advised members of the public to report any incident of extortion or any form of harassment in the course of enrollment for National Identification Number (NIN).

This according to NIMC is because the process of obtaining NIN is free of charge at all centres across the country.  

Acting Director General/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Engineer Abisoye Coker-Odusote said this in a statement issued Monday in Abuja.

She said NIMC would not tolerate any act of extortion or harassment of citizens at enrollment centres.

“We want to strongly condemn and address such unlawful activities. It is crucial to emphasize that these actions are not only unethical but also illegal.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy for such misconduct.

“Anyone found engaged in such activities will face the full force of the law,” She added.

Coker-Odusote hinted that the advice was in the aftermath of recent arrests.

The DG said: “NIMC has been made aware of certain reports involving some Front End Partners (FEPs) who were allegedly extorting money from members of the public for NIN enrollment even as they are currently being subjected to a revalidation process.

“You can reach out to our official channels, including our website, social media platforms, or our helpline, to report such incidents. 

“Your reports will help us ensure that the NIN enrollment process remains free and accessible to all Nigerians.”

The NIMC head added that the agency remained committed to its mission of providing a secure and universally recognized identity management system for Nigeria.