The National Identity Management Commission, on Thursday, says the enrolment for the National Identification Number is free.
The NIMC also warned those cashing in amid the ongoing NIN registration nationwide to desist as they risk seven years in jail when caught.
The Commission, in a notice posted on its social media platforms on Thursday, encouraged Nigerians to report cases of extortion for onward prosecution.
The notice titled, ‘NIN Enrolment Is Free’, 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.”
When contacted, NIMC spokesman, Kayode Adegoke, told The PUNCH that the warning became pertinent amid 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 said in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Thursday.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that the Federal Government through the Nigerian Communication Commission ordered telecommunications companies to deactivate telephone lines of subscribers who failed to link their phones to their National Identity Number.
Large crowd thronging the NIMC web portal for the process of obtaining their National Identity Number led to the crash of the portal last week.
As of October, the total number of mobile network connections was 207.58 million, but currently, only 43 million Nigerians have NIN, thus 164 million telephone users are at the risk of being deactivated on January 19, 2021.
Twitter Ban: US, UK, EU, Others Are Hypocrites – Lai Mohammed
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has slammed the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union and other countries that criticised the suspension of social media giant, Twitter.
Mohammed, who described the foreign countries as hypocrites, said their views were purely based on economic reasons and not because they loved Nigeria.
The minister said this on NTA’s ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ programme on Friday.
Mohammed said both the EU and the UK were already working on social media regulations and wondered why Nigeria was being accused of stifling free speech.
He added, “The EU has recommended the same thing and Britain only on Wednesday spoke about a law that would regulate the social media. This is why I say they are being hypocritical. Like I said, I don’t like commenting on issues that have to do with relations with Nigeria and other countries but clearly speaking, they are being less than honest.”
Mohammed said the Federal Government had constantly reached out to Twitter to bring down divisive comments like those of separatist leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who was fond of calling Nigeria a zoo.
He asked Nigerians not to be deceived by foreign missions condemning the suspension of Twitter.
Mohammed added, “We have seen so many foreign missions come up to condemn the action of Nigeria. Nigerians, please, make a distinction between countries that are trying to protect their economic and commercial interests from those countries that genuinely love you and talking about freedom of speech and don’t forget for one minute that it is because there is a country called Nigeria that there is freedom of speech.”
The minister maintained that the Federal Government did not suspend Twitter because it deleted a tweet by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), which many found repugnant.
On the issue of Nigerians losing money to the Twitter suspension, Mohammed downplayed the complaints, saying that the Nigerian government was not generating any money in tax from the social media platform.
He said Nigerians must note that it is only when there is peace that business can take place.
Respect Your Citizens Rights – Reverse Twitter Ban US Gov Warns Buhari Again
When we talk people say we are talking again. You do not mess around with US businesses , they have powerful lobby groups and can sink your administration. Who is India ?
Sanctions are coming soon, Pompeo former CIA Director has made his statement about Buharis deception ; people now understand this regime and they are watching.
The United States government on Thursday kicked against last Friday’s decision of the Federal Government to suspend operations of the microblogging platform, Twitter, in Nigeria.
It also expressed concerns over threats of arrest and prosecution of violators issued by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
The US government’s position was contained in a press statement by the spokesperson of the US Department of State, Ned Price.
It advised the Federal Government to respect the right of its citizens to freedom of expression by reversing the suspension.
The statement read, “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter.
The United States is likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter.
“Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy.
“Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies.
“We support Nigeria as it works towards unity, peace, and prosperity. As its partner, we call on the government to respect its citizens’ right to freedom of expression by reversing this suspension.”
Most Used Social Media Platforms In Nigeria – Top 12
MOST-USED SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS IN NIGERIA – Top 12
5 FB Messenger
NIGERIANS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
As at Jan 2021, Nigeria had 33 million active social media users.
Social media users make up 15.8% of Nigeria’s population.
99.2% of social media users access them via mobile.
NIGERIA: SOCIAL MEDIA POTENTIAL ADVERT AUDIENCE
1 Youtube: 30.8 million
2 Facebook: 29 million
3 Instagram: 8.4 million
4 FB Messenger: 4 million
5 LinkedIn: 5.7 million
6 Snapchat: 6.65 million
7 Twitter: 3.5 million
MOST USED SOCIAL PLATFORMS WORLDWIDE – APRIL 2021
1 Facebook: 2.8b
2 YouTube: 2.29b
3 WhatsApp: 2bn
4 FB Messenger: 1.3b
5 Instagram: 1.29b
6 Weixin/Wechat: 1.23b
7 Tiktok: 732m
8 Douyin: 600m
9 Qq: 595m
10 Telegram: 550m
11 Snapchat: 528m
*16 Twitter: 396m*
NIGERIAN GOVTS’ TOP HANDLES ON TWITTER & FOLLOWERS
NAIRALAND VISITORS – last 9 months
Sep 2020: 33.09 million
Oct 2020: 34.67 million
Nov 2020: 29.78 million
Dec 2020: 28.41 million
Jan 2021: 29.45 million
Feb 2021: 25.99 million
Mar 2021: 27 million
Apr 2021: 26.79 million
May 2021: 29.17 million
NAIRALAND TRAFFIC STATISTICS
_Number of Unique Visitors_
Jan 2021: 4.84 million
Feb 2021: 4.29 million
Mar 2021: 4.49 million
Apr 2021: 4.31 million
May 2021: 4.33 million
MEMBERS: 2.69 million
TOPICS: 6.33 million
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