NIN_No citizens’ data has been compromised in NIMC

GodGift Ifunanya
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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) yesterday said there was no data breach at its National Identity Numbers (NIN) capturing by any of its vendors or outlets.

The commission said reports of an alleged breach of citizens’ data by a private organisation, XpressVerify, had nothing to do with it.

A statement by its Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Kayode Adegoke, said: “The commission wishes to state that it offers NIN verification and other services through licensed partners. However, XpressVerify is not one of the commission’s licensed partners.

“We express our gratitude to our media partners and the whistleblowers for bringing this to our attention and wish to assure Nigerians and legal residents that there is no data breach of any sort and the citizens’ data is safe and secure in the Nigeria’s national identity database.

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“The Director General and Chief Executive Officer of NIMC, Abisoye Coker-Odusote, has promptly ordered a comprehensive investigation into the matter to find out if any of the commission’s tokenisation verification agents has in any way breached the licensing agreement either directly or through any of their sub-licensees.

”Coker-Odusote affirmed the commitment of NIMC to data protection and privacy, assuring Nigerians that no stone would be left unturned in ensuring the safety and security of the data of all enrollees.

“Top-level security is in place to protect the NIN and other personal data of every citizen and legal residents,” she said.

The NIMC chief executive reaffirmed the unwavering dedication of the agency to safeguarding, securing, and responsibly managing the data entrusted to it.

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