A Federal High Court Lagos on Monday, fixed February 15; to hear a suit challenging the ongoing process of linking the National Identification Number (NIN) with Mobile lines.
Justice Mohammed Liman fixed the date for notices to be served on all parties in the suit after the plaintiff Chief Malcom Omirhobo had informed the court of his process.
Omirhobo sued the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) alongside others over alleged coercion on citizens to link their NIN within a stipulated time frame, without adherence to Covid 19 protocols.
Joined as defendants in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy; Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC); the DG NIMC, and also the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
Other defendants are MTN Nigeria Communications Plc; GLOBACOM Ltd; Airtel Networks Ltd (Airtel Nigeria); as well as the Emerging Markets Telecommunication Services Ltd, EMTS 9 Mobile.
The applicant who is suing for himself and on behalf of the Nigerian public brought his suit under the provisions of the fundamental rights enforcement rules enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.