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SIM Deactivation: Large Crowd Invades NIMC Office In Lagos Amid COVID-19 Restrictions (Photos)

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Large Crowd Invades NIMC Office In Lagos Amid COVID 19 Restrictions Photos

SIM Deactivation – Many Nigerians afraid of having their lines deactivated, today risked their lives by storming the Alausa office of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) for registration.

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The incident happened on Monday in Lagos amid battle with a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal government, through the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, this month issued a two-week ultimatum to all telecommunications operators in the country to block all Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs) without National Identification Number (NIN).

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The Monday rush is not unconnected to the ultimatum as Nigerians attempt to register for the NIN and beat the federal government’s deadline for SIM deactivation.

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The House of Representatives has asked the NCC to extend the two-week ultimatum to ten weeks but the Commission is yet to make a public reversal of its notice as of Monday.

The Lagos state government on Friday announced a slew of COVID-19 restrictions.

Although there was no blanket ban on public gatherings of people under 300, a minimum of two meters’ distance between seated or standing guests is required.

On Sunday, Nigeria recorded 501 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths.

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