Large crowd thronging the web portal of the National Identity Management Commission for the process of obtaining their National Identity Number led to the crash of the portal on Monday.

Many people who wanted to print the enrollment form, which is a major requirement for registering for the National Identity Number were unable to do so and got stranded.

Checks showed that www.nimc.gov.ng as well as www3.nimc.gov.ng displayed error messages.

The commission reopened its enrolment centres on Tuesday for NIN registration after they were shut the previous day.

It was observed that only applicants with completed application forms were allowed into the premises of the commission in Lagos after they had received tally numbers earlier in the day.

NIMC officials encouraged those that had not been attended to as of 2pm on Tuesday to return the next day as early as 6am to be captured.

The Lagos centre was one of those that were shut down on Monday due to the large crowd that gathered and the lack of social distancing.

In Abuja, residents of the Federal Capital Territory besieged NIMC’s registration centres in their desperate bid to obtain the NIN.

This was despite the extension of deadline for the linkage of SIM cards to NIN.

The Federal Government had declared on December 15, 2020 that after December 30, 2020, all SIMs that were not registered with valid NINs on the network of telecommunications companies would be blocked.