The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has encouraged Nigerians to report any incidents of extortion or harassment that occur during the enrolment process for the National Identification Number (NIN) at its offices.
In a statement issued on Monday in Abuja, Mrs Abisoye Coker-Odusote, the acting Director-General of NIMC, addressed the issue. She stated, “NIMC has been made aware of specific reports regarding certain Front End Partners (FEPs) who have allegedly been extorting money from the public during NIN enrolment, despite undergoing a revalidation process.”
Coker-Odusote urged individuals to utilize the official channels provided by NIMC, such as their website, social media platforms, or helpline, to report such incidents. She emphasized that these reports would assist in ensuring that the NIN enrolment process remains free and accessible to all Nigerians.
The NIMC acting Director-General further affirmed the commission’s commitment to establishing a secure and universally recognized identity management system for Nigeria. She made it clear that NIMC would not tolerate any form of extortion or harassment of citizens at enrolment centers.
“We strongly condemn and address such unlawful activities. It is crucial to emphasize that these actions are not only unethical but also illegal,” she stated. Coker-Odusote emphasized that a zero-tolerance policy is in place for such misconduct, and anyone found engaged in such activities would face legal consequences.