Court bars FG from blocking SIM cards not linked to NIN

Social sharing

A federal High Court in Lagos State has barred the Federal Government from blocking SIM cards not linked to National Identification Numbers next month.

The Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy had, through the Nigerian Communications asked operators to block all SIM cards not linked to NIN by April 9, 2021. This deadline had caused many Nigerians to gather offices of NIN without adhering to the COVID-19 protocols. However, Mr Monday Ubani, a former second National Vice-president of the NBA and human rights lawyer, filed an originating motion and asked court to stop the Nigerian Communications Commission from disconnecting all SIM Cards not linked to NIN.

The first to fourth defendants in the suit are the Federal Government, AGF, the NCC and the Minister of Communications and digital economy. Ubani sought four reliefs including an order that the two-week ultimatum is inadequate and will not only cause him hardship but will also infringe on his fundamental right to freedom of speech and right to own property as provided under sections 39(1) and ,44(1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999(as amended).

He also sought an order of the court extending the deadline. Delivering judgement on march 23, 2021, Justice Onyetenu, ordered that the deadline be extended by two months.

The judge further declared that in respect to COVID-19 pandemic and the exacerbating cases in Nigeria presently, the deadline given to over 200 million Nigerians to register their SIM cards with NIN, will lead to a rush, thereby resulting to NIN registration center being crowded by Nigerian citizens subjecting them to the possibility of contracting the virus COVID-19.

Leave your comment on this post

THE ROTTEN FISH: CAN OF WORMS OPENED OF APC & TINUBU'S GOVERNMENT OVER NIGERIA'S ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

WATCH THE CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND KNOW THE RESPONSIBLE PARTIES TO BLAME FOR NIGERIA'S ECONOMIC CHALLENGES, WHILE CITIZENS ENDURE SEVERE HARDSHIPS.

Watch this episode of ISSUES IN THE NEWS on 9News Nigeria featuring Peter Obi's Special Adviser, Dr Katch Ononuju, 9News Nigeria Publisher, Obinna Ejianya and Tinubu Support Group Leader, McHezekiah Eherechi

The economic crisis and hardship in Nigeria are parts of the discussion.


Watch, leave your comments, and share to create more awareness on this issue.


#9NewsNigeria #Nigeria #issuesInTheNews #politics #tinubu THE ROTTEN FISH: CAN OF WORMS OPENED ...
DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS FOR SUBSEQUENT UPDATES
#9newsnigeria #economia #economy #nigeria #government @9newsng
www.9newsng.com

Leave your comment

Click on the link below or Scan the QR Code to join the 9News Nigeria WhatsApp Channel

9News Nigeria Investigative Reports WhatsApp Channel
9News Nigeria Investigative Reports WhatsApp Channel

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply