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Fraudsters fleece Nasarawa residents for NIN, says NIMC

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The Nasarawa State Coordinator of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Abubakar Mohammed, has revealed that fraudsters now collect money from applicants for the national identity card.

Disclosing this to journalists at his office in Lafia on yesterday, Abubakar expressed worry that persons who were not employees of NIMC would collect money from applicants, in the guise of fast-tracking the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) registration in the state.

The Federal Government had given Nigerian residents till February 9, 2021 to link their phone lines with their NIN or get disconnected. This stoked desperation to get the NIN.

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Abubakar said: “There are people who go to villages with laptop claiming to be NIMC officials and charging N2,000 from applicants to register them.”

According to him, except for change of age – which is the statutory responsibility of the agency, NIMC officials do not charge applicants in the ongoing registration exercise.

He further revealed that some criminals, who claimed to be applicants, would collect forms and use them to dupe the Fulani in the bush between N500 and N1,000 while giving them false hope registration.

Noting that the crime had been reported to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), who vowed to fish out the perpetrators, he urged applicants to desist from paying anybody within or outside the NIMC office to fast-track registration.

He, however, revealed that about 193 private agents had been awarded licence to register more applicants across the nation.

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