Some residents of Alimosho on Friday decried the alleged extortion of money over National Identity Number enrollment.

They claimed that some officials of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in the area have been demanding bribes ranging from N2,000 to N10,000 for enrollment.

Our community gathered that the enrollment process became cumbersome after the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) announced in September that the NIN would be compulsory for the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

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.

“I could not do mine because I could not afford to pay N14,000 for the two of us. My daughter needed it to complete her registration process in the university.

“I had to give a bribe after I had been frustrated for over one week. This country is getting worse by the day.

“Some people come to this centre as early as 4am and there would have been more than 50 people already on the list,” he said.

Another resident, Mrs. Winifred Mark, explained the difficulties she experienced at the NIMC centre.

“I have tried it in Ikorodu and Ikeja. They collect between N5,000 and N7,000. I also went to Alimosho Local Government Area, the situation was worse.

“The names on the list as of 6.15am were about 250 and I was told by one of the council workers that the list was just for formality,” she said.

A council worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that the identity card was done for a stipulated fee.

“It is done for N5,000 and if any person cannot pay N7,000 or N10,000, I do not get myself involved,” he said.

Our Community recalls that the NIMC sacked six workers over extortion and bribery in December 2019. Two officers in the Lagos office of the commission were affected.

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