In Lagos: Students, parents protest national ID racketeering, extortion

Parents and students on Friday decried the alleged extortion of money from those seeking to enrol on the National Identity Number in the Alimosho Local Government Area and Igando Ikotun Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.

They claimed some officials of the National Identity Management Commission in the areas had been demanding bribes ranging from N2,000 to N10,000 for enrollment.

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Sunday Punch reported on December 29, 2019, that the NIMC dismissed six of its workers for extortion.

It was learnt that the enrolment process became cumbersome after the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board announced in September that the NIN would be compulsory for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

Investigations by Punch  on Friday revealed that some parents who also wanted to obtain their national ID cards had spent more than one week trying to complete the process without success.

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A parent, Mr Gabriel Ugbesia, who went to the registration centre on the premises of Alimosho LGA, claimed he parted with  N7, 000 to get his daughter registered.

A student at the same centre, Kemi Audu, said, “I got here around 6am today and there were 147 names on the list.

Another parent, Mrs Winifred Mark, said she faced difficulties at the NIMC centre on the premises of the Nigeria Immigration Service in Ikeja.

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A council worker, who spoke on condition of  anonymity, said, “It is done for N5,000 and it is because of you, any person that cannot pay N7,000 or N10,000 I do not get myself involved.” Punch
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