The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) yesterday sacked 406 fake employees over forgings of appointment, conversion and promotion letters.
The fake personnel who have been accused of fraudulently benefiting from the agency are to be handed over to security agencies for criminal prosecution.
According to the general manager of corporate communication at the NIMC, Abdulhammid Umar, the irregularities were unearthed during a staff audit and verification exercise conducted to absorb and integrate about 1,000 members of staff of the Department of National Civil Registration (DNCR) and the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF),“At the initial stage, the audit turned up some fake and unverifiable appointment/promotion/conversion letter belonging to some members of staff of the defunct DNCR. Against this background and for the purpose of justice, equity and fair-hearing, the defaulters were queried appropriately’’ he stated.
Umar explained further that the exercise was also conducted to prevent the national data base from being compromised.
Responding to queries earlier received in this regard, the commission embarked on a thorough background check and confirmation of tendered documents while other staff are to be subjected to further investigation.
Meanwhile, the commission has embarked on the issuance of the National e-ID card in the 36 state capitals and the FCT. The exercise is being conducted in phases.
All registered applicants are advised to proceed to the centre of enrolment once he/she receives an SMS from the commission.
However, the commission vowed no individual, union or group under any guise will be allowed to compromise or undermine the nine years of the country’s investment and efforts in achieving identity management system.
“NIMC wishes to state that it remains committed to zero tolerance policy on corruption and fraud-related offences and will not be seen to lack in its effort to maintain the integrity of the NIMC”, a statement said.