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NIMC insists stolen 4,555 national ID cards no longer in use

The Nigeria Police in Cross River State has recovered some 4,555 stolen old national ID cards with the arrest of four suspects, insisting they are not new ID cards, ITRealms reports.

ITRealms  correspondent recalls that a store house used by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Calabar, Cross River State was recently burgled, and some items, including 4,555 old National Identity Cards carted away.

The store, ITRealms gathered was where some materials and items inherited by NIMC from the defunct Department of National Civic Registration (DNCR) were kept.

According to the spokesperson of the Commission, Mr. Loveday Chika Ogbonna, who told ITRealms  that the story was broken into and items, including about 4,555 pieces of the old National ID Cards leftover after distribution years ago were stolen.

“The DNCR and all its assets and liabilities were taken over by NIMC in 2007,” he said.
Ogbonna pointed out that the 4,555 stolen old ID cards have been recovered, and four suspected found in possession of the cards arrested by the Police in Cross River state at Eyo-Edem Street, Calabar.

“The suspects have also been charged to court by the police in line with the theft,” he said.
Ogbonna also assured the public that the recovered cards were not part of the new National e-ID Card currently being issued by NIMC.

The new National e-ID Card, he explained to ITRealms  were launched late 2014 with higher technology, thus making it extremely difficult to be faked or used by anyone who is not the registered owner.


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