The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has warned fraudsters against extorting applicants for the National Identity Number (NIN), saying they risk spending seven years in prison.
The commission stated this in a public notice posted on its social media pages on Thursday.
The NIMC encouraged Nigerians to report cases of extortion for onward prosecution.
The notice read: “The punishment for extortion if convicted is seven years imprisonment as stipulated in sections 14, 20, & 21, of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission Act and Sections 10 & 12 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.”
Speaking further on the issue, Kayode Adegoke, NIMC spokesperson, said the public notice was issued following complaints by applicants, who accuse some staff of the Commission and some third-party agents of extortion.
“The warning is strictly for members of staff not to extort applicants. NIN enrolment is free but people have been complaining of extortion and we have provided the lines for them to file in their evidence. The Commission has zero-tolerance for extortion and according to the ICPC Act, anyone caught risks a jail term of seven years,” Adegoke told the Punch on Thursday.
The Federal Government had through the Nigerian Communication Commission ordered telecommunications companies to deactivate telephone lines of subscribers who failed to link their SIM cards to their NIN.