A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number, NIN by two months.
The judge, Maureen Onyetenu, gave this order on Tuesday while delivering a ruling in a suit filed by human rights lawyer, Monday Ubani.
He had filed the suit against the federal government, the Attorney General of the Federation, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy.
In the suit, Ubani had contended that the initial two weeks ultimatum (now extended to April 6, 2021) given to telecommunication operators to block SIM Cards of Nigerians who have not registered their SIM Card with NIN if allowed, will infringe on his constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression, right to own moveable property and right to life.
He therefore asked the court for an order halting the said ultimatum and extending the deadline.
He also sought a court declaration that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising cases in Nigeria, the deadline given by the 1st, 3rd and 4th Respondents to over 200 million to register for NIN, will lead to a rush, thereby increasing their possibility of contracting the COVID-19 virus.
Answering the prayer of the lawyer, Mrs Onyetenu ordered a two-month extension of NIN registration.
All other prayers made by the applicant were also granted by the judge.