In the heat of the rush for the National identity Number Registration going on now, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), last week, caught illegal operators who were providing registration services of the National Identification Number (NIN) in Kano state with the assistance of the NIMC legal team.
NIMC on this twitter handle stated:
“We have arrested some illegal operators of NIMC activities by some Business Centre operators in Kano metropolis. For three days we went round Kano and we successfully made arrest of some illegal NIN enrolment agents, who pretend to be licensed NIN enrolment agents and deceive some Nigerians to illegally enrol them into the NIMC database.”
The Legal Officer at the NIMC office in Kano, who was part of the raid, said the exercise was to discover those areas around the state where illegal NIMC registration activities were going on, especially in business centres.
He said that arrests were made and NIMC documents recovered in the business centres during the exercise.
He listed the documents to include fake NIMC plastics identity cards, NIMC’s original NIN slips, and other vital documents that were not supposed to be under the custody of any non-NIMC staff.
He said those arrested have been handed over to the Police for investigation, after which they shall be charged to court for prosecution.
NIMC had warned Nigerians not to register with any individual, body, association or agents that are not duly licensed by NIMC.
NIMC had in December last year, licensed 200 enrolment agents comprising of 173 agents and 30 state governments/public sector institutions to conduct enrolment of all persons, including legal residents into the national identity database of the the National Identity Management Commission on behalf of NIMC.
The approval, which was given in different categories, included all telecoms operators and private companies, and they are expected to commence enrolment into the NIMC database.
NIMC, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, Head of Communications, who confirmed the licensing of the agents, said they have been mandated to commence registration immediately.
Last week, the federal government reactivated over 20 enrolment centers within the Nation’s Capital – Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to make the process of NIN enrolment much easier.
The reactivated centres commenced enrolment activities from Monday last week, and NIMC has warned Nigerians not to enrol outside of the licensed enrolment agents.
This is important as not to be wasting your time somewhere without knowing that you have been defrauded.