A petition has been written to the Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC alleging undue and unjust collection of money for obtaining the National Identification Number NIN in Benin City.
The petitioner, Amb .Comrade Denwosu P.I.K in the petition dated 2nd November 2021 made available to newsmen in Benin city stated that “ it has come to our notice that the ongoing exercise of acquiring the National Identification Number is facing an unfortunate challenge within the Benin metropolis, namely the undue and unjust collection of money for obtaining the said NIN.”
“You may recall that early this year, the Federal Government instructed that all SIMs used by individuals and corporate bodies be linked to their National Identification Number. This exercise required that citizens of the Federal Republic acquire a unique identity number which should then be linked to a certain number of SIMs per individual and this has been piloted by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) under the supervision of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).
“However, the exercise has been fraught with incidences where already stressed citixens are asked to part with substantial amounts of money in order for their NIN print out to be released. In some cases we have found out that where these NINs are gotten by individuals from other approved outlets, their captured data ( Including picture) are not uploaded on the portal hence requiring the individuals to visit the NIMC office headquarters in Benin city located at PZ road, off Sapele road where they are either directly or indirectly made to part with money before their captured data can be found on the portal.
“While it cannot be ascertained if this is a deliberate attempt to sabotage the smooth running of this registration/verification process, we humbly request that you use your good offices to look into this anomaly and help rectify it,” the statement added.
The chief petitioner is a stakeholder in security in Nigeria and he attended the 2017 Building National Anti-Corruption Consensus in a Multi- Agency Environment that was held in Karu EFCC Academy.