NIMC Denies Compromising Nigerians’ Data, Cautions Against Phishing Sites

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has denied allegations that sensitive data of Nigerians has been compromised, reassuring the public that the National Identification Number (NIN) and other identities are safe.

NIMC said it has not authorized any entity to sell or misuse Nigerians’ NIN or any other identity.

In a press statement, signed by the head of corporate communication, Kayode Adegoke, NIMC dissociated itself from several websites claiming to offer identity verification services, labeling them as unauthorized data harvesters.

The commission warned Nigerians against providing personal data to these sites, citing potential fraud and data harvesting risks.

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

“The following websites:; Verify. Ng/sign in,,, and are data harvesters not authorised 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 and data provided by the public on such websites are gathered and stored to build the data services they illegally provide.”

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NIMC assured that its infrastructure meets international information security standards, and it has taken robust measures to safeguard the nation’s database from cyber threats.

The commission reiterated its commitment to ethical data protection and urged the public to rely on verified sources for accurate updates.

Cautions Nigerians

NIMC further cautions Nigerians to avoid releasing their data to unauthorizing phishing sites as it is working with security agents to arrest perpetrators.

“Furthermore, NIMC advises Nigerians to avoid giving their data to unauthorised and phishing sites. This poses the danger of data harvesting and comprises individual data.

“The Commission reaffirms its commitment to upholding ethical standards in data protection in line with federal government directives and data privacy regulations. Moreover, licensed partners or vendors are not authorised to scan or store NIN slips but to verify NINs through approved channels.

“The Commission is currently working closely with security operatives to apprehend these elements masquerading as online vendors, and they will be made to face the full wrath 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.

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