Is the old national identity card really an alternative to the NIN? Here is what NIMC says

  • The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has reacted to the claim that a “sequence number” on the old national identity card can be used as a NIN
  • According to NIMC, the application is incorrect because the old national identity card has been abandoned
  • The agency therefore advised anyone with the old national identity card to continue registering for their NIN.

A viral message has emerged on WhatsApp claiming that Nigeria’s old national ID card has a ‘sequence number’ which can now be used as a National Identification Number (NIN) by those who have it and are still registered for a new TIN.

The message reads as follows:

“For those who have not done their NIN registration

“And they have the old national identity card

“Just look at the back of the card, you will see the sequence number.

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“This is your NIN number. Use it appropriately with any network code. For example, for MTN *785 *seq. number # then send

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“You will be registered successfully, please share.”

NIMC debunkers say old national ID can serve as alternative to NI
Isa Ali Ibrahim, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, at NIMC headquarters. Photo credit: NIMC
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What NIMC says

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Wednesday, January 27, responded to the complaint via a Twitter message.

According to NIMC, the national identity card has been abolished. The agency further directed anyone who is not yet registered with the NIN to do so.

NIMC said:

“OLD national ID card has been DELETED. If you still hold the old ID card, you must register for the National Identification Number (NIN).”

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NIMC also reacted earlier to a claim that those who registered for the Bank Verification Number (BVN) as early as 2014 already have a NIN and do not need to register again.

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According to NIMC spokesperson, Kayode Adegoke, the claim is incorrect because the commission must first enter people’s data before issuing NINs to them.

Adegoke, however, admitted that the commission previously harmonized its data with some BVN data.

Meanwhile, just two weeks before the deadline for network subscribers to link their SIM cards to their NIN, the federal government said that telecommunications companies had been allowed to register people who did not yet have the number.

The order was given in order to reduce large crowds at NIMC offices.

NIMC Director General Aliyu Aziz made this known on Tuesday, January 26, adding that some other private and public organizations have also been authorized by the commission to provide NINs to address crowds at offices. of the committee.


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