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NIMC Breaks Silence on Allegations of Nigerians’ NIN Data Breach

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has firmly denied allegations of a data breach involving Nigerian citizens’ personal information. Kayode Adegoke, the Head of Corporate Communications at NIMC, issued a statement on Saturday to address these concerns.

Recent reports had circulated, alleging that certain websites were offering to sell the data of Nigerians. However, NIMC assured the public that their data remains secure and has not been compromised.

“The Commission, at this moment, assures the public that the data of Nigerians have not been compromised and the Commission has not authorized any website or entity to sell or misuse the National Identification Number (NIN) amongst all the identities stated in the report,” Adegoke stated.

NIMC also warned Nigerians against submitting their data to unauthorized phishing sites, highlighting several websites—idfinder.com.ng, Verify.ng/sign in, championtech.com.ng, trustyonline.com, and anyverify.com—as unauthorized data harvesters. These sites are not sanctioned by NIMC to access or manage sensitive data.

“These websites are data harvesters not authorized by NIMC to access or manage sensitive data. NIMC urges the public to disregard any claims or services these websites offer and should not give their data as they are potentially fraudulent. Data provided by the public on such websites are gathered and stored to build the data services they illegally provide,” the statement read.

NIMC reassured the public of the security measures in place to protect the nation’s database from cyber threats. The Commission’s infrastructure adheres to the stringent ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System Standard, undergoing annual recertification and strict compliance with Nigerian Data Protection Law.

“Consequently, the public should know that the Commission has taken robust measures to safeguard the nation’s database from cyber threats— a secure, world-class, full-proof database is in place,” Adegoke continued. “Furthermore, NIMC advises Nigerians to avoid giving their data to unauthorized and phishing sites. This poses the danger of data harvesting and compromises individual data.”

The Commission reaffirmed its commitment to upholding ethical standards in data protection and complying with federal government directives and data privacy regulations. NIMC emphasized that licensed partners or vendors are not authorized to scan or store NIN slips but are permitted only to verify NINs through approved channels.

The Commission is collaborating with security operatives to apprehend those masquerading as online vendors and will ensure they face the full extent of the law.

“NIMC urges the public to remain vigilant against false information and rely on verified sources for accurate updates. The Commission remains committed to providing secure and reliable identity management and upholding the highest level of security for systems and databases, which are critical national assets,” the statement concluded.

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Singer, Portable Fights Okada Man in Lagos Over Stolen Phone

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

Controversial Nigerian singer Habeeb Okikiola, better known as Portable, is at it again, but this time with a bike man.

The street singer, who recently returned from America, caused a commotion in Lagos as he fought dirty with a bike man, who he accused of stealing his phone. In videos making rounds online, the singer, who was wearing a yellow hoodie, was captured engaging in a fistfight with the bike man as Lagosians gathered to separate them.

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DSS Busts Suspected Terrorist’s Residence In Niger, Recovers Arms, Dollars

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

Personnel from the Department of State Services (DSS) conducted a raid on Wednesday at the residence of a suspected hardened terrorist in the Gbeganu area, a suburb of Minna, Niger State.

The raid, which took place during the daytime, caused fear among residents in the area.

According to sources familiar with the operation, this was the third raid in less than four years in the neighbouring areas of Nkangbe and Gbeganu, both in Bosso Local Government Area. The suspect targeted in this raid was allegedly a storekeeper for a terrorist group, although specific details about the recovered weapons were not disclosed.

Residents informed Daily Trust that a substantial amount of cash, including dollars, was seized during the operation. The suspect had been known as a tricycle rider before the raid revealed his alleged involvement with terrorist activities.

Previous incidents include a similar raid in October 2023, where a suspected terrorist engaged security forces in a fierce gun battle before escaping, and in June 2021, when a house linked to a notorious kidnapper was demolished after weapons were found in a raid.

The Niger State Police Command spokesperson, SP Wasiu Abiodun, stated that they had no information regarding the recent raid when contacted.

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Tinubu’s Minister Disobeys President’s Order, Fails to Confirm Appointment As Directed

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Heineken Lokpobiri, has allegedly failed to implement President Bola Tinubu’s directive to appoint Nicholas Agbo-Ella as Nigeria’s OPEC Governor.

Recall that in a May 6 directive, President Tinubu instructed Lokpobiri to submit Agbo-Ella’s name to replace Gabriel Aduda, who was redeployed to the Ministry of Women Affairs.

President Tinubu in his memo to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and copied to Mr Lokpobiri said that Mr Lokpobiri should “take immediate steps to notify OPEC of the change of Permanent Secretary and replace Ambassador Gabriel T. Aduda’s name with Ambassador Nicholas Agbo-Ella as the Governor nominated by the Federal Republic of Nigeria, being the current Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum.”

The minister was directed to ensure the “replacement is confirmed by the conference scheduled for 1 June 2024.”

Mr Aduda is a brother to former FCT Senator Philip Aduda who is reportedly an ally of Nyesom Wike.

 

According to sources within the administration, Mr. Lokpobiri has failed to submit Mr. Agbo-Ella’s name to the OPEC Board of Governors as of June 1, despite the president’s directive.

The reason behind Mr. Lokpobiri’s inaction is unclear, and it remains a mystery why Mr. Aduda, who has been reassigned to the Ministry of Women Affairs, continues to serve as OPEC governor.

 

Checks show that Mr Aduda is still listed as Nigeria’s Governor on the OPEC website.

Sources close to the ministry revealed that Mr. Aduda, despite his transfer from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, was recently photographed receiving the OPEC Secretary General, Haitham Al Ghais, in Nigeria. Additionally, a photograph dated June 2, 2024, shows Mr. Lokpobiri and Mr. Aduda attending an OPEC meeting virtually.

This is also not Mr. Aduda’s first controversial involvement. In May 2014, it was widely reported how he entered the federal civil service despite failing exams at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

After resigning due to poor performance, he was surprisingly appointed Director of the Economic Research and Policy Management Department at the Federal Ministry of Finance just six months later. He has since served in various ministries, including Foreign Affairs, Petroleum Resources, and now Women’s Affairs.

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