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The National Identity Management Commission has threatened to prosecute any vendor found extorting applicants in Delta State.
The state Director, NIMC, Henrietta Okolo, stated this on Friday during the celebration of the 4th National Identity Day in Asaba.
She said, “We have reported cases of vendors extorting applicants, we are investigating them and any vendor found guilty will have his or her licence withdrawn.
“If our vendors do not comply with the rules and regulations, we are not only to withdraw their licences, we will prosecute them.
“We are investigating these cases and we have asked our supervisors across the local governments to watch out and investigate.
“We are very careful in these cases so that we will not end up having a lot of legal battles.”
Okolo disclosed that so far about three million Nigerians had been registered in Delta State and efforts were ongoing to register every resident of the state.
She said this year’s National Identity Day celebration with the theme, ‘Traditional Institutions as Critical Stakeholders for Citizens’ Mobilisation’, was targeted at taking registration to the creeks and rural areas through traditional institutions.
The NIMC state director urged residents in the state to register as well as collect their National Identity cards, stressing the importance of the NIN card.