Thursday, December 8, 2022

NIMC Dissociates Self From Fake Officials Arrested By Army

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has dissociated itself from two persons arrested by men of the Nigerian Army while allegedly attempting to enrolment of persons. 

A statement titled “Army’s Arrest of Fraudsters Falsely Claiming to be NIMC Officials” and signed by the NIMC director-general, Engr. Aliyu Aziz, condemned the erroneous tagging of both impostors as NIMC officials as false, saying the army already clarified they were fakes.

“The attention of the National Identity Management Commission (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 [alleged] to be carrying out enrolment of persons in Nigeria and being erroneously referred to as NIMC officials. 

“First, it is important to note 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 were – was proved from the beginning to be false. 

“Second, [the] reports by the media of merely bouncing off such a news item released by the army, in good faith, one-sided without checking with NIMC if, indeed, such persons were its officials, shows a hurried and incomplete approach to news reporting – a situation which we urge our media partners to distance themselves from. A simple check with NIMC would have further confirmed the army’s professional conclusion that the persons apprehended are, indeed, impersonators and fraudsters.”

The statement clarified that neither 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 enrol Nigerians talk more of foreigners. 

According to it, so far, NIMC has several licensed diaspora enrolment agents in over 38 countries operating over 152 centres across the world strictly to enrol 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 at https://nimc.gov.ng/nimc-enrolment-centres/ 

It notified and advised the public 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.

“Fraudsters and impersonators should be pointed out for who they are: criminal elements and the cooperation of the public is required in assisting security agencies in their work of curbing these crimes in our society.

“NIMC wishes to commend the Nigerian Army for the good job they’re always doing and, more particularly, in this respect.  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,” it added.

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