NIMC recovers 4,555 stolen national ID cards

NIMC recovers 4,555 stolen national ID cards

Ozioma Ubabukoh

The National Identity Management Commission on Sunday said that its storehouse in Calabar, Cross River State, was burgled and some items, including 4,555 old national identity cards, were stolen.

A statement by the commission read in part, “The store, in which some materials and items inherited by the NIMC from the defunct Department of National Civic Registration were kept, 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 the NIMC in 2007.”

It added, “However, the 4,555 stolen old ID cards have been recovered, and four suspected thieves who were found in possession of the cards, have been arrested by the police in Cross River state at Eyo-Edem Street, Calabar. The police have also charged the suspects to court.”

Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the commission, Mr. Loveday Ogbonna, has assured the public that the recovered cards are not part of the new national e-ID card currently being issued by the NIMC.

According to him, the new national e-ID card, which was launched in late 2014, is of higher technology, making it extremely difficult to be faked or used by anyone who is not the registered owner.

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