How to Retrieve Your Barred Phone Number After NIN Deadline

How to Retrieve Your Barred Phone Number After NIN Deadline. Is your phone line barred due to missed NIN linkage? Don’t panic! Learn how to retrieve it quickly and easily across all major Nigerian networks (MTN, Glo, Airtel, 9mobile).


Millions of barred Nigerian phone lines risk permanent loss. Learn how to unbar your MTN, 9mobile, Airtel, or Glo line and link it to your NIN quickly.

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Introduction: Guide to Retrieving Barred Phone Numbers in Nigeria (MTN, 9mobile, Airtel, Glo).

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned that over 40 million phone numbers failing to link to a National Identity Number (NIN) risk being permanently disconnected.

If your line is barred, don’t panic! This guide will help you retrieve your phone number and link it to your NIN to prevent it from being forfeited.


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Why Were Lines Barred?

The NCC mandated a deadline of February 28, 2024, for all telecom subscribers to link their SIM cards to their NINs.

Lines that failed to comply were barred by their respective service providers.

How to Retrieve Your Barred Phone Number

Register for Your NIN:

If you haven’t obtained your NIN, visit an accredited registration centre as soon as possible.

Link Your NIN with USSD Codes:

Once you have your NIN, follow these steps, depending on your network provider. Each network has a specific USSD code for linking:

MTN Subscribers:

  • Dial *785# and enter your NIN, then submit.

Alternatively, dial *785*YourNIN#

Glo Subscribers:

  • Text “UPDATENIN NIN FirstName LastName” to 109.

Airtel Subscribers:

  • Dial *121*1#

9Mobile Subscribers:

  • Dial *200*8#

Retrieve a Forgotten NIN:

  • Dial *346# (Note: This service attracts an N20 fee.)

Visit a Service Provider Center: 

Go to your network provider’s centre with your NIN for assistance.

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Important Notes

  • Barred lines may first lose the ability to receive calls, and after 365 days risk being completely forfeited.
  • Visit your network provider’s customer service centre for further assistance.


The process of retrieving your barred number and linking it to your NIN is straightforward. By following these steps, you can restore your line’s functionality and avoid losing it permanently.

Act now to stay connected!