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NIMC Denies Breach Of National Identity Database

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has debunked speculations in some quarters that its national identity database has been hacked.

The NIMC denied the rumours in a statement on Wednesday issued by its spokesman, Kayode Adegoke.

While describing the rumours as false, the commission said the data of Nigerians are safe in its custody and that the information of citizens being circulated on the internet is not from its database.

According to Adegoke, investigations by the NIMC proved that rumours of an alleged data dump were not true.

“The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) would like to bring to the attention of the members of the general public that the purported breach of the National Identity Database going round the social media is false, a hoax, and of mischievous intent,” the statement said.

“The NIMC would like to assure the public that there have been no such breaches or incidents. Investigations on the alleged data dump were found to be non-existent in the National Identity Database.

“The Commission investigated the data breach claim and found out that the database schema presented by the adversary does not tally with the existing schema of NIMC records. The data being posted by criminals purporting to contain citizens’ information is fake.

“The NIMC guarantees the security of the National Identity Database through various layers of security and can assure that no data was breached.

“The members of the general public are, therefore, enjoined to refrain from spreading false reports on the purported data breach.”

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.