The House of Representatives acknowledges the recent statement by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) regarding unauthorised websites harvesting the personal data of Nigerians.

As contained in the statement, NIMC denounces allegations of data compromise and strongly advises the public to exercise caution, as well as avoid providing personal information to phishing and fraudulent websites, including:


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These websites, described by NIMC as data harvesters, have no authorisation to access or manage sensitive data. Licensed partners or vendors are only authorised to verify NINs through approved channels and are not permitted to scan or store NIN slips.

NIMC has further assured that robust measures are in place to safeguard the country’s database from cyber threats, including a secure and world-class database. The Commission is also working closely with security operatives to apprehend those masquerading as online vendors, and they will face the full wrath of the law.

The House is deeply concerned and views this disturbing pattern of scam messages and phishing activities as the handiwork of individuals with agenda that seek to cause distractions and undermine ongoing reforms within NIMC.

Thus, the Chairman of the House Committee on Population, Rep. (Prince) Jimi Odimayo expresses the House’s full support for NIMC’s efforts to protect the integrity of the National Identification Number (NIN) system and other sensitive data.

“We recognise the importance of robust data security measures as a cornerstone of our national security,” stated Rep Odimayo. “The House of Representatives stands firmly with NIMC in addressing these pressing issues and ensuring that our citizens’ data is protected from malicious actors,” he adds.

The House urges the Office of the National Security Adviser and other relevant security agencies to thoroughly investigate these incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.

In line with our Legislative Agenda (Agenda 2), the Green Chamber reaffirms its commitment to collaboration with relevant stakeholders to improve national security. We will continue to support NIMC in its mission to uphold the highest standards of data security and privacy for our dear constituents and all Nigerians.


Rep. Akin Rotimi Jr.

House Spokesman

Chairman, House Committee on Media & Public Affairs

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