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NIMC Suspends Staff For Extortion Of Applicants


Minister Ali Isa Pantami Directs Immediate Suspension Of Staff Reported For Extortion At NIMC Enrolment Centres.

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) under the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy has suspended it's staff involved in extortion of applicants at Kaduna and Bauchi Offices.

MediaOrchid reports that that a Press statement issued by the commission and signed by the Head of Corporate Commissions Kayode Adegoke read,

Minister Directs Immediate Suspension Of Staff Fingered In Extortion At NIMC Enrolment Centres.

" The Honorable Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Dr Ali Isa Ibrahim Pantami has directed the immediate suspension of staff members involved in extortion of applicants at the NIMC Bauchi  and Kaduna offices.

" This directive came on the heels of Public outcry that some personnel at NIMC, particularly at some enrolment centers in Bauchi and Kaduna states were capitalizing on the rush for NIN by the public to perpetuate fraudulent activities inimical to policy directive of the Federal Government which requires mobile network subscribers to update their sim registration with a valid National Identification Number (NIN).

" The Honorable Minister reinstated his zero tolerance stance on extortion, bribery and corruption and further noted that such unethical practices if allowed to fester and not nipped in the bud by taking ' stiffer actions against the culprits' has the potency of derailing the NIN-SIM integration project.

" Enrolment for the National Identification Number (NIN) is free of charge and on no occasion should anyone pay to obtain an enrolment form or have their biometrics captured. All personnel involved in the enrolment and issuance exercise must carry out their respective duties professionally, fairly and with integrity.

The Minister calling on members of the public to help ensure that staff who indulge in such acts are brought to book, asked that picture and video evidence be sent in. 

" In light of the above, we wish to call on the general public to assist us in putting our commitments into action by sending proof of any nefarious activity within and around our enrolment centres (Snapshot, footage, audio recordings) to  08157691214, 08157691071 or e-mail "

- MediaOrchid 

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