The Federal Government, has suspended officials accused of extortion at enrolment centres of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, ordered the immediate suspension of the staff members involved in extortion of applicants at the NIMC Bauchi and Kaduna state offices.
This followed deluge of criticisms that some NIMC; particularly at enrolment centres in Bauchi and Kaduna; were perpetrating fraudulent activities.
The Commissions spokesperson Kayode Adegoke, said in a statement that the act was inimical to the policy directive of the Federal Government; which required mobile network subscribers to update their Subscriber Identification Module registration with a valid NIN.
Furthermore, Pantami restated his zero-tolerance stance on extortion, bribery and corruption.
He noted that such unethical practices if allowed to fester and not nipped in the bud by taking stiffer actions against the culprits had the potency of derailing the SIM-NIN integration project.
The Minister said enrolment for NIN was free of charge, adding that on no occasion should anyone pay to obtain an enrolment form or to have their biometrics captured.
“All personnel involved in the enrolment and NIN issuance exercise must carry out their respective duties professionally; fairly and with integrity,” the statement stated.
It added, “In light of the above, we wish to call on the general public; to assist us in putting our commitments into action; by sending proof of any nefarious activity within and around our enrolment centres.”
It urged the public to provide snapshots; footage; and also other proof to help the government address the matter.