Friday, 9 January 2015


The attention of the Commission has been drawn to allegations in some quarters , that applicants for the National Identification Number (NIN) are being asked to pay money before they can be enrolled.

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) wishes to state categorically that business center operators who charge money to do the online pre-enrollment for applicant are NOT NIMC staff or agents.

Ag. GM, Corporate Communications, NIMC Mr. Abdul-Hamid Umar, made it clear to journalists recently, that enrolment into the National Identity Database (NIDB) and issuance of the National e-ID Card is free, and no citizen or legal resident is expected to pay for it.

He said: "It has come to the attention of NIMC that certain business centre miscreants, posing as NIMC agents, use banners bearing the NIMC or presidential logos at their business centres, and charge eligible applicants for pre-enrolment, making applicants believe they are paying for the NIN or the National e-ID.

NIMC is not oblivious of the fact that persons who visit business centres and cyber cafes for online pre-enrolment must pay for the use of the Internet, which is cost of the services rendered by the business owners, but condemns the report that the payment is either for the NIN or the National e-ID Card or that the money goes to NIMC.

NIMC has no business charging anybody for enrolment into the National Identity Database (NIDB); enrolment is free, and anyone who is asked to pay by an NIMC official, must report to the nearest security post.
It is safer and faster for eligible applicants, who have access to the internet, to pre-enroll themselves via the NIMC Pre-enrolment portal, using their personal computers (PCs); Internet-enabled phones or tablets at their convenience."

Those who have no internet access can visit business centers at their own risk or visit any NIMC enrolment centre where they will be attended to.

The general public should beware of fraudsters posing as NIMC agents or staff. Reports of erring NIMC enrolment officers should be made at the nearest security post.

Umar urged Nigerians, who do not have such access, to visit the NIMC enrolment centre where they will be attended to. He said the NIN and National e-ID Card can only be issued to applicants, who have completed the enrolment process at the NIMC enrolment process at the NIMC enrolment centres, and no business centre or individual has the right to do that.

NIMC also warned the public to avoid any attempts to enroll more than once, as its systems will detect such an attempt.  An attempt to enroll twice is a CRIME.

Call the NIMC call centre number 0700CALLNIMC or 07002255646 for enquiry about the enrolment process and procedures.

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