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BREAKING!!! FG To Jail Nigerians Without NIN To 14-Years Imprisonment

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BREAKING!!! FG To Jail Nigerians Without NIN To 14-Years Imprisonment

Any Nigerian who fails to register for a national identification number faces a sentence of seven to fourteen years in prison, according to the federal government (NIN). Dr. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, stated this at the weekly Presidential Media Briefing organized by the Presidential Communication Media Team in Abuja on Thursday, noting that NIN registration is mandatory for all and not optional. On April 6, a Lagos court ordered the Nigerian government to stop blocking SIM CARDS of Nigerians who are not connected to the NIN network. However, the federal government responded by saying that its decision on the matter would be made public soon after stakeholders meet. Pantami reported that as of March 31, 2021, 51 million Nigerians had enrolled for the National Identification Number.

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While urging Nigerians to enroll in the NIN, the minister cautioned that “those who have not obtained the NIN face seven or fourteen years in prison,” as the Nigerian Constitution stipulates. He also mentioned that while getting a SIM card is optional, getting a NIN is required, as many transactions in the country are not permitted without it. “Based on the legal provision, each and every citizen and legal resident must obtain his or her National Identification Number, which is coordinated by the National Identity Management Commission,” he said in his speech (NIMC). While it is a legal obligation, many residents fail to comply.

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From the time Mr. President instructed me to supervise NIMC until now, we have achieved unprecedented results in the field of enrolment, and we will continue to ensure that, within the next few years, we have a nearly complete data base of all our people in the country.

Without a data base of its people, no country can excel in education, health, budgeting, or national planning. “The database I inherited held less than 20% of our population. However, we want to make sure that before we leave office, we check the database and feel proud of our country.”

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