FAVOUR SHUAIB , Abuja
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.
This was contained in a press statement made available to Daily Champion and signed by the Chief press secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Amaka Eze.
According to the statement, 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.
The DNCR and all its assets and liabilities were taken over by NIMC in 2007.
However, the statement affirmed that 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.
It added that the suspects have also been charged to court by the police in line with the theft.
Spokesperson of the Commission, Mr. Loveday Chika Ogbonna, has 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, which was launched in the late 2014, is of higher technology, making it extremely difficult to be faked or used by anyone who is not the registered owner.