Federal High Court sitting in Lagos orders the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number by two months effective from March 23, 2021

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number, NIN by two months effective from Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Justice M.A. Onyetenu granted the extension while delivering a ruling in a suit filed by human rights lawyer, Monday Ubani against the federal government, Attorney General of the Federation, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.

In the suit, Ubani had contended that the initial two weeks ultimatum (now extended to April 6, 2021) given to telecommunication operators to block SIM Cards of Nigerians who have not registered their SIM Card with NIN if allowed, will infringe on his constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression, right to own moveable property and right to life.

He, therefore, prayed the court for an order halting the said ultimatum and extending the deadline.

Other prayers made by Ubani includes;
“An order halting the said ultimatum given by the 1st, 3rd and 4th Respondents to telecommunication operators to block all SIM Cards that are not registered with NIN.

In his ruling, Justice Onyetenu granted all the prayers made by Ubani.

WAHAB AKINLADE

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