NIMC reveals punishment for those extorting NIN applicants

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) warned that the applicants for the extortion of the National Identification Number (NIN) face a 7-year prison sentence.

On Friday, the NIMC released a tweet warning via its Twitter account.

The NIMC claimed that the crime was punishable by statute, adding that the ongoing registration for the National Identification Number (NIN) is free throughout the world.

It also encouraged Nigerians to register incidents of extortion for investigation to act as a lesson to others.

”Nigerians have been asked to report such cases of extortion for prosecution to serve as a lesson to all offenders.

”The punishment for extortion if convicted is seven years of imprisonment as stipulated in Sections 14, 20 and 21 of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) Act.

“However, we urge patriotic Nigerians to report any form of extortion via [email protected] or call 08157691214 or 08157691071,” the tweet said.

Recall that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has given the country’s telecommunications firms two weeks to block all unregistered SIM cards.

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