It’s no longer news that people who haven’t gotten their sim cards linked with their National Identification Number (NIN) will be affected soon, therefore Nigerians with existing SIM cards are to update their SIM registration details with their National Identification Number (NIN) and following a directive to suspend the registration of new SIM cards nationwide

According to a statement by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Minister of Communications and the Digital Economy; Dr. Isa Pantami has given till December 30, 2021, for subscribers to update their details or risk being blocked. Foreigners are expected to use their passports when registering their SIM cards.

How to retrieve your National Identification Number 

The National Identity Management Commission has provided a USSD code for the retrieval of the National Identity Number via a USSD code *346#. The Nigerian Communications Commission earlier issued a two-week ultimatum to telecommunication operators to block all SIM cards that are not registered with the National Identity Numbers, as earlier reported by Naira metrics. Following the recent directive, the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) urged the general public to beware of fraudsters and scammers who are on the prowl to swindle unsuspecting people. To avoid this, NIMC urged the public not to click on any unverifiable link requesting for NIN.

How to link your sim card with your National Identification Number


Link your NIN to your line via any of these three ways:


 * Dial *785#

 Visit myMTNApp (get it on google play or Apple store) 

 Complete the NIN linking form by entering your name, phone number, NIN, and email address.

 Submit the form and wait for feedback from the network provider.


 Link your NIN to your airtel sim card by taking these steps;

* Dial *121*1# on your airtel line to submit your NIN

* 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.


Glo users can adopt any of these methods to link their NIN number

1. By SMS: type UPDATENIN followed by NIN number followed by first name followed by last name and send to 109 

2. Visit to fill in your information and link.


For 9mobile users;

– Visit

– Click on verify and link your NIN now

– Fill in the required information and submit.


Have you thought of you being blocked? After all, you didn’t get to link your sim cards because you are too busy at your workplace? Everyone knows December to be one of those busy periods in a workplace as employees juggle from closing and balancing their files for the year and joining the end of the year celebration. While doing all this, if eventually you forget to link your sim card with your NIN the following will be the consequences on you and the organization

3 You will not be able to make calls or send SMS

4 All connections linked with your sim cards will be disconnected.

1 Your sim card will be barred

2 You will not be able to make USSD transactions with your phone

Therefore, to avoid going through these huddles link your sim cards with your NIN while you can.

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