Cross Rivers State Police have arrested four persons after a store house used by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Calabar was burgled, and some items, including 4,555 old National Identity Cards carted away.
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 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 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 at Eyo-Edem Street, Calabar.
The suspects have also been charged to court by the police in line with the theft.
Mr. Loveday Ogbonna, spokesperson of the Commission 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 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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