Court fixes March 15 to hear suit challenging NIN registration amid COVID-19

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A Federal High Court Lagos on Monday, fixed March 15 to hear a suit challenging the ongoing process of linking the National Identification Number, NIN, with Mobile lines.

The court presided by Justice Mohammed Liman, also ordered service of hearing notices on respondents to the suit

The applicant, Malcolm Omirhobo had sued the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, alongside others over the instruction on citizens to link their NIN within a stipulated time frame.

Joined as respondents in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC; the DG NIMC, and the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA.

The applicant who is suing for himself and on behalf of the Nigerian public, had brought his suit under the provisions of the fundamental rights enforcement rules enshrined in the 1999 constitution.

At the first mention of the case on Feb. 1, the plaintiff had told the court that in the midst of the prevailing Covid 19 pandemic it was too risky to proceed with the registration, adding that further steps should be stopped, pending determination of the suit.

Justice Mohammed Liman had consequently, ordered that all parties to the suit be served with the court processes and put on notice, while he fixed Feb 15, to hear both the motion for interlocutory injunction as well as the substantive suit.

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