Hundreds of Lagos residents who approached the office of the National Identity Management a Commission (NIMC) had their hopes of registering for a National Identity Number (NIN) shattered as the commission shut its doors against people.
A Leakblast reporter, who visited the NIMC office at Ikeja, saw many people lamenting how the commission lacks good management and wasted their time.
“I got here at 4 a.m. When I got there, I met like 300 people already on ground. I got slot 138 and it is because I begged someone that allowed me stay at his front,” a resident who identified himself as David said.
An 85-year-old man, Fatai Akinbile, who was at the NIMC office to correct his date of birth, expressed how bitter he felt with the entire process.
“I came from Ajah, left the house very early. The issue is they wrote 1953 as my date of birth instead of 1935. I have made attempts to correct it and they referred me to Ikeja,” he said
Mr Akinbile, who said he did not understand the announcement that SIM cards will be blocked, said he had been on the process for long and it is tiring for him.
“I have someone here that offered to help me but when I got here this morning, they say we cannot enter and they are not working,” he said.
Several people interviewed by Leakblast Reporters said the commission shut down abruptly after distributing forms to some of them, saying they got an order from Abuja to stop.
“They chased everybody saying if we don’t go away, they will call the police. Of a truth, the police arrived shortly,” another person who declined giving his name said.
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