A Federal Superior Court based in Lagos has ordered a two-month extension of the deadline for the national identity number, NIN.
Judge Maureen Onyetenu granted the extension while ruling on a fundamental rights lawsuit filed by attorney Ubani on Monday against the federal government, the Federation Attorney General, the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.
In the lawsuit, Ubani had argued that the initial two-week ultimatum (now extended to April 6, 2021) given to telecom operators to block the SIM cards of Nigerians who have not registered their SIM card with NIN if they allows them, it will violate their constitutional guarantee. right to freedom of expression, right to own personal property and right to life.
Therefore, he asked the court for an order to stop said ultimatum and extend the term.
Former NBA president Ikeja also asked the court; a statement that the ultimatum given to telecom operators by the 1st, 3rd and 4th respondents to block all Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards that are not registered with NINs, is extremely inappropriate and will not only lead to serious hardships, but will likely violate the Applicant’s (and millions of other Nigerians) fundamental rights to freedom of expression guaranteed by section 39 (1) (2) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as well as violate section 44 (1) of 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which prohibits the compulsory acquisition of rights or interests in personal property.
“A statement that, in view of the Covid-19 pandemic and increasing cases in Nigeria today, the deadline given by the 1st, 3rd and 4th respondents to the applicant and more than 200 million Nigerians to register their SIM cards with NINs, will lead to a rush, resulting in the grouping of the Applicant and other Nigerian citizens in a NIN registration center, subjecting them to the possibility of easily contracting the covid-19 virus, and this will amount to a violation of his fundamental right to life protected by article 33 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“An order that stops said ultimatum given by the 1st, 3rd and 4th respondents to telecommunications operators to block all SIM cards that are not registered with NIN