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JUST IN: Court Orders The Extension Of Nin Enrollment By Two Months

Justice Maureen Onyetenu of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has requested the extension of the cutoff time for National Identity Number registration by two months beginning from Tuesday, March 23.

She provided the petition while conveying a decision in a fundamental right suit documented by a legitimate professional, Monday Ubani, against the Nigerian government, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Nigerian Communications Commission, and the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.

Ubani who is the director of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikeja branch, contended that the underlying fourteen days final offer (presently reached out to April 6, 2021) given to telecommunications administrators to impede SIM cards of Nigerians who have not enlisted their SIM cards with NIN, will encroach on their unavoidably ensured right to freedom of speech, right to own moveable property and right to life.

He, in this manner, asked the court for an order ending the said final proposal and extending the cutoff time.

Ubani also asked the court for; a declaration that the ultimatum given to telecommunications operators by the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Respondents to block all Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM) cards that are not registered with NIN, is grossly inadequate and will not only work severe hardship. He added that such will likely infringe on the fundamental rights of the Applicant (and millions of other Nigerians) to freedom of expression as guaranteed by section 39(1)(2) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as violate section 44(1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which prohibits the compulsory acquisition of right or interest over the moveable property.

Part of the court paper read

“A declaration that given the Covid-19 pandemic and the rising cases in Nigeria presently, the deadline was given by the 1st, 3rd and 4th Respondents to the Applicant and over 200 million Nigerians to register their SIM Cards with NIN, will lead to a rush, thereby resulting to clustering of the Applicant and other Nigerian citizens in a NIN registration center, subjecting him to the possibility of easily contracting the Covid-19 virus, and such will amount to a violation of his fundamental right to life as protected by section 33(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).


An order halting the said ultimatum given by the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Respondents to telecommunications operators to block all SIM cards that are not registered with NIN.”

Conveying her judgment, Justice Onyetenu conceded every one of the reliefs looked for by Ubani.

BTLBlogger: Augustine  Emmanuel

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