The Defence Headquarters in Abuja has raised the alarm, over what it termed the prevailing incidences of unauthorised reproduction of the National Identity cards by some unscrupulous elements in the country.

 

Consequently, it issued a warning to members of the public to be careful about getting their national identification from sources outside the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

 

Besides, the DHQ insisted that illegal reproduction of the national ID cards could bring about security breach in the ongoing counter insurgency operation in the North-east geo-political zone.

 

The military equally dropped a warning that the approved national ID card, which according to it is a chip-based card which has over 18 security features and some of which are not visible to the naked eyes distinguishing it from any of its kinds can only be issued by the NIMC.

 

The DHQ also stressed that the implication of having fake national ID cards in circulation is that the dreaded Islamist group, Boko Haram operating in the North-east have also been utilising similar method of identification for their members in the past who were captured by the military.

 

Acting Director, Defence Information, Colonel Rabe Abubakar in a statement said, “This would go a long way to assist the security forces in the containment of infiltration of illegal aliens who may wish to acquire the cards to legalise their migration into the country to support the terrorists in the fight against the Nigerian Armed Forces.

 

“The DHQ hereby appeals to members of the public to report any attempt by unauthorised persons to issue, at any point in time, cards similar to the national ID cards to the security agencies.”

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