CLAIM: On February 8, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a claim on a website that the Federal Government has approved an online registration for National Identity Number (NIN) online.
Details on the website claimed that the alleged decision by FG is aimed at fast-tracking the NIN registration for Nigerians before the disconnection of SIM cards slated for April 1, 2021.
According to the website, 117,836 Nigerians have registered and gotten had their NIN generated and number linked.
Checks by CDD show that the website is a phishing site with an unencrypted and unsecured address devoid of an SSL certificate.
Also, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in a tweet via its official Twitter page, @nimc_ng, debunked the claim.
NIMC, the agency saddled with the responsibility of regulating and establishing a reliable national system of identity management in Nigeria in its disclaimer said the website is run by fraudsters and not associated with commission.
Also, NIMC in the tweet urged Nigerians to protect their personal information and ensure that they do not become a victim online fraud.
CDD can confirm that the claim that the Federal government has approved online registration of NIN for every Nigerian is false.
The CDD urges members of the public to read beyond headlines before sharing any news report, especially on social media.
You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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