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Nigeria has been a great country since her Independence, and the Governments are trying their best to improve the country. That is why they brought the new system of linking your Sim with your NIN which was mandated by the president as at last year December due to the fraudulent activities going on.

We have heard of situations where fraudster dupes people through phone. Just a phone call and next thing you will see is your account stating that it has been debited. Some of them will send a link and they will tell you to click on the link for information about your bank and once you click on it the fraudster will automatically have access to your phone, or they will even text you and tell you to call this number that you are having issue with your bank.

We have heard of some cases during the lockdown about this fraudulent act. One of some cases I heard was about a woman, a particular person called her claiming he was a bank representative that she has issue with her bank that she should send her account details and pin and that is how she was duped. So what am saying in essence is that we should endeavor to do it because it is for our purpose.

The Governments are trying their best to curb or stop this fraudulent activities going on in the country.  And that is why The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) had earlier mandated the telecommunication operators in the country to block all sim cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers (NIN). This means that failure of the subscribers to register with NIN will lead to the blocking or disconnection of the line.

NIN means National Identity Numbers. It is a unique 11 digit numbers given to every Nigerian after successful registration of the new Nigerian National Identity Card.

However, some Nigerian who have NIN are still unsure how to go about linking their phone number to their NIN.

Here are few steps to link your phone number with your NIN:


  • To link your NIN, simply dial *785# using the phone you wish to link, enter your NIN and submit or dial *785 your NIN# from the phone number you wish to link, the number will be linked to your NIN automatically.
  • You can also visit using your phone or computer. Complete the NIN linking form by entering your name, phone number, NIN and email address. Submit the form as soon as you are done. Wait for feedback from network.


  • Dial *121# on the Airtel line you wish to link.
  • Type 1 for “NIN Capture” and send.
  • Enter your 11 digit NIN and send. 

Wait for the message confirming your submission. If you get an error, just wait for some time and try again.


You have to send a short message before you can link your GLO number with NIN unlike MTN and AIRTEL.

Here is how to do it:

Send “Update NIN First Name Last Name” to 109. Note: you must type the “Update NIN”, and then replace the next NIN with your National Identification number as shown on your ID card the your first name and last name. E.g. Update NIN 2345778939 Stephen Ayo to 109.


For 9mobile network they are trying to get a code for it but for the main time you can visit the nearest office of your service provider to link your NIN or if you have a smart or android phone you can open on your device browser. Enter phone number, Enter NIN and submit.

Note: If you have registered for NIN and perhaps you have forgotten your National Identity Number. Simply dial *346#

For those who have already registered but has not link the NIN to their Sim the deadline is January 29th 2021. And those who have not registered their NIN the deadline to get it is February 29th 2021.

You can get your NIN at the nearest local government area located at your area which is issued by the NIMC (National Identity Management Commission).


In order for these fraudulent activities to stop in this country we need to get our NIN as soon as possible and link it with our Sim cards. #forbetternigeria.

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