Tag Archives: Nigeria

Nigeria – Police Recover Stolen Old National ID Cards

By | June 10, 2017

The Police have recovered the 4,555 old national identity cards allegedly stolen from a store house used by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Calabar, Cross River State was recently. At least four suspects who masterminded the burglary have been arrested by the police and are undergoing interrogation. A statement by The store Spokesperson of the Commission,… Read More »

Nigeria – Police arrest four suspects carrying 4,555 National Identity Cards

By | June 6, 2017

The police in Cross River on Monday arrested four suspected thieves for unlawful possession of 4,555 National Identity Cards and 21 others who committed various offences, the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, said. Mr. Inuwa, who made the development known when he addressed journalists in Calabar on Tuesday, said the suspects were arrested by personnel of the Police… Read More »

Nigeria – FG Should Tackle Delay In Issuance Of National Identity Cards

By | May 17, 2017

The introduction of the National Identity Card as one of sacred national documents is a welcome development for many reasons. First, for its usefulness if the data collected from the public are properly stored and shared among our national institutions, for the purposes of planning, development and security. National Identity Card is a life project that the nation… Read More »

Nigeria – Cross-River: 10,000 National ID Card yet to be collected

By | May 14, 2017

The National Identity Management Commission has told the residents o said there are about 10,000 uncollected National Identity Smart Cards in Cross River State. The commission also said the delay in issuing the cards was because the commission had to register up to 10 million Nigerians before printing the cards. In a radio interview in Calabar on Saturday,… Read More »

Nigeria – E-Passport Booklets: Scarcity to Persist as FG, Vendor Disagree on Pricing

By | May 6, 2017

The scarcity of the e-passport booklets may not abate soon as the Federal Government has yet to reach an agreement on the new pricing of the travel document with the vendor, Iris Smart Technology Ltd. ISTL had reduced the production and supply of the 32-page passports since last year following the foreign exchange crisis in the country which… Read More »

Nigeria – Reps task FG on provision of Nigerian passports

By | May 4, 2017

The House of Representatives on Thursday emphasised the need for Federal Government to urgently address the challenges being faced by the supplier of the passport booklets. The lawmakers expressed the concerns during the debate on the motion sponsored by Ayodeji Joseph, stressed the need for the present administration to devise sustainable means to ensure availability across the world… Read More »

Security Features Of Nigerian e-Passport World-class – IRIS

By | April 24, 2017

Managing Director of IRIS Smart Technologies Limited (ISTL), Olayinka Fisher, has said the Nigerian e-Passport is world-class insisting that 95 per cent of components that constitute its security features is not made in the country. He, however, pointed out that Nigeria was not the only country depending on foreign components for its e-Passport, just as he disclosed that… Read More »

Nigeria – Danbazau Reads Riot Act to Corrupt Immigration Officers

By | April 13, 2017

The Interior Minister, retired Major General Abdulrahman Bello Danbazau has warned corrupt officers and men of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) to desist from exploiting passports’ applicants or else lose their jobs. The minister, who sounded the warning while commissioning the second passport office in Kanoon Thursday, said he was aware that some officers of the service had developed the habit of collecting… Read More »

Nigeria – Long Wait for e-Passports

By | April 9, 2017

The prolonged scarcity of international passport booklets in the various immigration offices nationwide as well as foreign missions abroad has taken serious toll on Nigerians with huge implications for the economy. In this report, Ibrahim Apekhade Yusuf, Gbenga Omokhunu, Chris Oji, Precious Dikehowa and Ernest Nwokolo capture the agonising experiences of hapless citizens in their tireless wait for… Read More »

UN Calls for Harmonisation of Nigeria’s Biometrics Systems

By | April 7, 2017

Senior UN officials have said that Nigeria should establish a new body responsible for a harmonised biometric ID system. UN Deputy Secretary-General, Ms Amina Mohammed, made the call on Friday when she received Nigeria’s delegates to the 50th session of the UN Commission on Population and Development in New York. “I would raise one concern and that is… Read More »

Nigeria – Funds Delay Issuance of National ID Cards

By | April 4, 2017

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) says it is working hard to address the challenges associated with the delay in issuance of the new National Identity Cards to Nigerians. The Director-General of the commission, Mr Aliyu Aziz, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday that paucity of funds was delaying the production and issuance… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate Legalises Smart Card Reader For Election‎s

By | March 31, 2017

The Senate on Thursday concluded the amendment of the Electoral Act ‎by giving legal teeth to the usage of smart card readers during elections. The Senate gave the go ahead to the Independent National Electoral Commission to use the smart card or any other method of voting its may deem fit for future elections. It agreed in the… Read More »

Nigeria – Firm Covers Up Director’s Arrest To Get e-Passport Contract

By | March 26, 2017

Investigation has revealed a cover-up by Iris Smart Technologies Limited (ISTL) of the arrest of the deputy managing director of its mother company in Malaysia, Iris Corporation Berhad, Datuk Hamdan Mohammed Hassan, for alleged fraud, in order to get renewal of its contract for Nigeria’s e-Passport solution. The cover-up is premised on the fear that as the Public… Read More »

Nigeria – Controversy Trails Immigration e-Passport Contracts

By | March 26, 2017

There’s a raging controversy over the e-passport contracts signed by the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) with non-security firms which is ripping Nigeria billions of naira. The deal is generating heat over stakeholders concern that Nigeria’s national security is being jeopardised because the contractors are mostly non-security companies, while others have questionable tendencies. The Senate last week invited the… Read More »

Nigeria – Senate Summons AGF, Minister, Others Over e-Passport Deals

By | March 25, 2017

The Senate Ad Hoc Committee on Alleged Misuse, Under Remittance, and other Fraudulent Activities in Collection, Remittance and Expenditure of Internally Generated Revenue by MDAs invited the duo for briefing over their involvement in alleged e-passport deals. The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Solomon Adeola, made this known in a statement through his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro.… Read More »

Nigeria – Maritime Security: Minister Says Biometric ID Now Compulsory for Port Users

By | March 24, 2017

Determined to enhance the level of security in the nation’s seaports, especially in line with international best practices, Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has approved a unified biometric identity card for operatives and workers to access any port facility in Nigeria.   A statement signed by Isichei Osamgbi, head, Corporate Communications of NIMASA, said “it is now compulsory… Read More »

Nigeria’s e-Passport Database In Malaysian Firm’s Custody

By | March 21, 2017

By Chima Akwaja, By Christy Nwaogu — Mar 21, 2017 3:46 am | Leave a comment The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) is not in charge of the country’s e-passport central database where all travel documents of its citizens are stored. Investigations by LEADERSHIP has revealed that over ten years after the federal government, through the NIS, entered into… Read More »