Nigerians without NIN risk 14 years’ imprisonment, says Minister

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The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, says Nigerians without a National Identification Number risk 14 years’ imprisonment.

Isa-Pantami
Isa-Pantami

He said this at the weekly Presidential Media briefing organized by the Presidential Communication Media Team in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, 51 million Nigerians have enrolled for the National Identification Number as of March 31, 2021.

While encouraging Nigerians to enrol for NIN, the minister warned that those yet to obtain the NIN risk seven or 14 years imprisonment as stipulated by the Nigerian Constitution.

He explained that while obtaining a SIM card may be optional, NIN is mandatory, noting that a lot of transactions in the country are not supposed to be carried out without NIN.

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