- Nigerians in Lagos and Abuja defied the federal government's COVID-19 rules in the name of registering for NIN
- Many citizens were at the NIMC offices in both cities without facemasks and social distancing
- The federal government had earlier stopped the exercise due to disobeying to safety protocols
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Many Nigerians are fearlessly displaying their disbelief in the existence of COVID-19 in the country and its spread by their public conducts.
A lot of citizens in Lagos and Abuja were seen on Tuesday, December 29, flouting federal government safety protocols as they come out to register for their National Identification Number (NIN), Channels TV reports.
The persons trooped out at the headquarters of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) offices in Lagos and Abuja with no regard for social distancing.
Journalists in both cities of the country observed that very few persons were mindful enough to at least wear face masks.
This is coming at a time when the government is coming up with restrictions and fresh measures to ensure that persons within the shores of the country and those coming in are safe.
Meanwhile, in a bid to ensure compliance among mobile network operators until its audit of the subscriber registration database exercise was completed, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had ordered the suspension of the sale of new SIM cards.
The decision of the NCC was made public by its director of public affairs, Ikechukwu Adinde, on Wednesday, December 9. Adinde noted that the order was given by the minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami.
The NCC spokesman said the process would consolidate the gains of the SIM card registration exercise and the establishment of quality standards by operators.
However, Adinde said exemptions can be given only by the federal government through the commission, and warned that failure to adhere to this will attract strict sanctions, including the withdrawal of operating license.