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Suspects apprehended by Nigerian Army not NIMC officials, says DG
By: News Editor
Fri, 21 Oct 2022   ||   Nigeria, FCT, Abuja

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Friday said the suspects arrested by the Nigerian Army in Niger Republic, reportedly enrolling Nigerians for the National Identification Number, are impersonators and not officials of the Commission.
The Director-General of the commission, Aliyu Aziz, disclosed this in a statement, on Friday.
It was reported that the Nigerian Army on Thursday arrested suspects posing as officials of the NIMC, in order to register and enroll foreigners in Niger Republic for the National Identity Number (NIN).
Aziz said; “The attention of the NIMC, an agency of the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, has been drawn to reports making the rounds in the media, of the arrest, by the Nigerian Army, of two persons purporting to be carrying out enrolment of persons in Niger Republic, and being erroneously or spuriously referred to as NIMC officials.’’
“First, it is important to note well the Army’s clarification from the onset, when they referred to the fraudsters as “fake”, meaning their claim to be NIMC staff – if at all they did – was proven from the beginning to be false.”  
The NIMC also urged the media should be balanced in its reportage and seek clarifications from all parties.
“We wish to state categorically that neither the NIMC officials nor staff of the NIMC licensed enrolment agents across the Country are authorised, nor do they go from one country to another, let alone from Nigeria across the borders, to enroll Nigerians much less foreigners.’’
“So far, the NIMC has a number of licensed diaspora enrolment agents in over 38 countries operating over 152 centres across the world strictly to enroll Nigerians in those countries. The list of the Diaspora enrolment licensed companies, which has been published over time in the media, can be found on the NIMC website.’’
“The public is by this information put on notice and advised that the NIMC does not and will not authorise its staff or its agents to go across any borders to register non-Nigerians, as this is not part of our mandate.”
‘’NIMC commend the Nigerian Army for the good job they’re always doing, and more particularly in this respect.  The NIMC also commends all other security agencies for their untiring efforts in collaborating with us and other sister agencies in the efforts to rid our country of criminal elements.”



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