How to unlink NIN from MTN sim card

How to unlink the NIN number on MTN

Are you among those who linked their national identification number to another person’s SIM card? Is your MTN Sim card linked to an unsafe NIN or to a national identification number of an untrustworthy person? If so, this blog post is for you.

Due to the high rate of insecurity in Nigeria and the rapid increase in online scamming, the federal government has given an order to all telecom companies in Nigeria to block any sim card that has not been linked to a valid NIN ( national identification number).

The reason for this is to make sure all the functionable sim cards in Nigeria are traceable.

During the season, some Nigerians started linking their MTN sim cards to the NINs of anyone they know. The federal government condemned this.

If you happen to link your NIN to the SIM card of a toxic or untrustworthy person, you’re putting yourself in danger.

In this blog post, I will be explaining to you how you can unlink MTN sim card from NIN, the procedure to follow in order to link your NIN with your MTN sim card and other important information concerning the issue of MTN sim card to NIN unlinking.

Can I unlink an MTN sim card from an NIN?


You can unlink NIN from MTN by following the appropriate procedure.

Having known this, let’s begin.

How to unlink the NIN number on MTN.

As I have told you earlier, you can unlink your NIN number on MTN if you follow the appropriate procedure.

You can UNLINK an NIN number from an MTN SIM card using one of the two methods listed below.

There are two ways to unlink an MTN sim card’s NIN number.

  • By contacting MTN’s customer care line and
  • Unlink your MTN from NIN at the Nimc office.

These two are tested and trusted methods you can follow in order to unlink NIN from MTN.

The first one is the easiest, but sometimes the service may not be successful, and the second one, you’re 100% sure the service will be successful, though it may take time.

Check below as I explain to you the procedures to follow.

How to unlink your NIN from MTN by contacting MTN customer service.

MTN has released some lines that you have to call if you have any issue with using their service.

Below are MTN customer care lines. You can get them with any of these numbers.

From an MTN line, call 180 on your phone dialer.

From other networks, call 08031000180.

Call +2348031000180 from outside the country.

In order to get them on WhatsApp, contact 09033000001 or


This is the easiest method for unlinking MTN Sim cards from NIN. You can do this by following the procedure below.

Procedure for unlinking NIN from MTN sim cardĀ 

There is a procedure to follow in order to unlink NIN from MTN through their customer service.

  • Call any one of those MTN customer service lines listed above.
  • Notify the person that you want to unlink the NIN from the MTN number.
  • State a convincing reason why you want to do so.
  • Provide them with your mother’s surname.
  • Please provide your full name ( first name, middle name, and last name).
  • Cooperate with the agent on other verification questions he may ask concerning the NIN and SIM card.

After a few moments, you will get a notification message telling you that you have successfully unlinked your MTN Sim card from NIN.

If you didn’t receive a confirmation message, you have to follow the second method below.

This method is the easiest, though the next method below is the one where you can be 100% sure that the service will be successful.

how to unlink NIN from MTN sim card in NIMC office

almost all the local government areas in Nigeria and some banks, you can find a national identification management centre.

If you have an Airtel Sim card, dial *386*.

This USSD code can be used to check a perfectly working Nimc office near your area.

All you have to do is select your state on the option provided, choose your LGA, and you will receive a response shortly.

On Nimc, follow the steps below to unlink your MTN sim card from your NIN number.

At the centre, meet the person in charge of unlinking NIN with the SIM card, or if there is none there, ask any worker there to do it for you.

You need to provide the following:

  • Your full name
  • your phone number that you want to unlink
  • your NIN slip and
  • you have to pass the biometric verification to confirm the ownership of the NIN.

after this, your Sim will be unlinked from the NIN.


once you UNLINK a Sim card from an NIN in Nigeria, the sim card will stop working.

I would advise you to link it with a safer NIN once you unlink it from that of an untrustworthy person

how to link MTN to NIN.

now that you have successfully unlinked your MTN Sim card from the inappropriate NIN, below are the solution to follow in order to link it with your own NIN.

dial*785# and input your eleven NIN digit number.

you will receive a confirmation massage telling you that your sim card has been linked with your NIN.

if you have any questions concerning this topic, you can ask questions below using the comment section.


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