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To secure Nigeria’s ID data, NIMC orders security vetting of agents

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has started stringent security vetting of its agents under plans by the Nigerian identity agency’s efforts to secure identity services and protect citizens’ data.

In response to these challenges, NIMC said it has also temporarily suspended the bypass enrollment process to prevent abuse and address irregularities. The identity agency said that it will communicate the resumption of the bypass process at a later date, Mr Kayode Adegoke, NIMC Head of Corporate Communications said in a statement.

In a bid to uphold its mandate as Nigeria’s foundational identity provider, NIMC said that all Licensed Verification Agents, Front End Partners (FEPs), and Diaspora FEPs will undergo “stringent security vetting” in order to improve the identity agency’s efforts to secure citizens data.

Engr Abisoye Coker-Odusote, General/CEO National Identity Management Commission(NIMC)

FEPs found violating regulations will face sanctions under established protocols and national laws, according to NIMC, which said that the step aims to ensure adherence to global best practices in identity management.

Under the leadership of Director-General/CEO Engr Abisoye Coker-Odusote, who assumed office in August 2023, the Commission has implemented enhanced measures to safeguard information stored in its National Identity Database, according to Adegoke. These efforts are in alignment with the commitment to maintaining the highest data security standards and regulatory compliance.

NIMC said that “it affirms that law enforcement authorities have been authorised to crack down on and apprehend individuals involved in online phishing schemes targeting citizens’ data from other sources.”

The Commission, Adegoke said, has received reports of fraudulent online platforms coercing Nigerians into submitting personal information for National Identification Number (NIN) modification or enrollment services. Perpetrators of such illegal activities will face prosecution.

In response to these challenges, NIMC said it has temporarily suspended the bypass enrollment process to prevent abuse and address irregularities. The Commission further assured that it will communicate the resumption of the bypass process at a later date.

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