The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami, has denied reports stating that Nigerians without a National Identification Number risk 14 years imprisonment.
There were reports that Pantami during the weekly presidential media briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Media Team in Abuja on Thursday disclosed that the Federal Government has declared that Nigerians without a NIN risk 14 years imprisonment.
However, the Minister said he was quoted out of context as he did not mention 14 years imprisonment.
He stated on his Twitter handle later on Thursday that what he said was that the National Identity Management Commission has been in existence for 14 years.
He tweeted: “This has been quoted out of context.
“Pantami has not mentioned 14 years imprisonment.
“But said NIMC has been 14 years in existence, since 2007.
“Since the session has been recorded by journalists.
“It is better to release the video for public to listen to it, please.