NIMC cautions Nigerians against using app, reveals work in progress

NIMC cautions Nigerians against using app, reveals work in progress

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Monday, August 17; explained that its mobile application designed for digital identity is not yet approved for public use.

1st News gathered that the NIMC application allows citizens to log in with their national identification number (NIN); and registered phone number.

After a successful login, the application is expected to display the full details of the citizen; including a photograph.

However, some Nigerians who tried to use the app complained about the flaws; including wrong identities.

In a statement on Monday, Kayode Adegoke, spokesman of the commission, said the application is still being tested; and once the test is complete, Nigerians would be informed.

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“Our attention has been drawn to several complaints about the NIMC mobile App. We will like Nigerians to be aware that the app is a novel innovation by the commission; but it is yet to be officially approved for public consumption,” the statement reads.

“The app is still in the test environment; and currently being fine-tuned to give users the best experience, with adequate privacy and data security safeguards. Once the test stage is concluded, the Commission will issue a formal statement regarding its usage by our esteemed NIN registered persons.

“In the same vein, we want to assure Nigerians of the security of their data. Our systems are configured to ensure the utmost protection of the data.

“Members of the general public are hereby strongly advised to disregard commentaries and information from unauthorised sources about the app and other activities of the commission.

“The official communication platforms of the commission are the only authorised sources of information pertaining to all its activities – press releases; media parley; website and official social media handles.”

Meanwhile, the Federal Government announced that evacuation of Nigerians in the diaspora as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will end on Aug. 25, 2020.

This was revealed by the chairman of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha at the PTF daily briefing on Monday in Abuja.

1st News gathered that the U.S. and Egypt have indicated interest to repatriate Nigerians convicted, pardoned, and paroled in those countries.

Speaking during the briefing, Mustapha said: ”a number of countries have signified intention to repatriate Nigerians convicted and pardoned and paroled in those countries.

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“These include the UAE, Egypt, and the U.S. Coming in the midst of our National Response to COVID-19, all relevant agencies of government are taking multi-sectoral steps to ensure that the process remains within acceptable international protocols and also in line with bilateral agreements.

“For the purpose of clarity, this should be distinguished from normal evacuation flights; and we wish to state that all evacuation flights will end on Aug. 25, 2020; after which Airports will be given sufficient time to prepare for reopening.”

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