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Troops arrest ‘NIMC officials’ for registering citizens of Niger Republic as Nigerians

Two fictitious National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) officers were detained by Nigerian Army troops for going to the Gagamari Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in the Niger Republic to register non-Nigerians.

This information was released on Thursday during the military’s biweekly press briefing at the Defense Headquarters in Abuja by Major General Musa Danmadami, Director of Defence Media Operations.

“Troops, working with the Nigeria Police and NIS (Nigeria Immigration Service) agents, intercepted 2 alleged phony National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) officials on October 13, 2022,” he stated. The suspects’ travel to the Gagamari IDP camp in the Niger Republic to register non-Nigerians as IDPs was made public.

“Items recovered from the suspects include National Identification Number (NIN) registration machine, printing machine, laminating machine, a computer tracking machine and a generator set among other items.”

Musa added that “during the weeks in focus, 31 suspected Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province members were neutralized, while 10 were arrested and 2 civilians rescued”.

“Furthermore, a total of 366 Boko Haram terrorists and their families comprising 23 adult males, 112 adult females and 231 children surrendered to troops at different locations within the theatre. All recovered items, arrested terrorists, logistics suppliers and rescued civilians have been handed over to the appropriate authority for further action while the surrendered Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and their families are being profiled for further action,” he added.

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