Cross River | Police recovers stolen National ID cards

Cross River | Police recovers stolen National ID cards

Cross River | Police recovers stolen National ID cards

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The Nigeria Police has recovered 4,555 National ID cards stolen from a store of National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Calabar, Cross River State, the nation’s ID manager said today.

Mr Loveday Chika Ogbonna, official spokesman of NIMC said in a statement made available to Technology Times today that the recovery was made by the Police after a store house used by the agency “in Calabar, Cross River State was recently burgled, and some items, including 4,555 old National Identity Cards carted away.”

NIMC did not provide further details on the date of the burglary and arrests of the alleged burglars by the Police.

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.”

Bukola Saraki, Senate President enrolls for Nigeria National ID in Abuja
File photo shows Dr Bukola Saraki, Senate President enrolls for Nigeria National ID in Abuja

According to him, “The store, in which some materials and items inherited by NIMC from the defunct Department of National Civic Registration (DNCR) 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.”

Following government reform and review, NIMC took over all the assets and liabilities of the DNCR in 2007.

Ogbonna says the 4,555 stolen old ID cards have been recovered, and four suspected thieves who were found in possession of the cards, were 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” says Ogbonna, who also assured that the recovered cards were not part of the new National e-ID Card currently being issued by 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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Kolade Akinola Technology Journalist at Technology Times Mobile: + 234 (0) 807 401 6027

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