Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa has confirmed the arrest of four persons for unlawful possession of 4,555 national identity cards bearing different names.
According to the Commissioner, the suspects disclosed that an unidentified employee of the Independent National Electoral Commission gave the identity cards to them, but it was learnt that the suspects had reportedly broken into the state office of the National Identity Management Commission where they stole the cards.
“On May 19, 2017 at about 1730 hours, operatives of the X-squad unit of the command accosted one Donald Okon and Collins Cyril while attempting to escape at a drug joint along Eyo Edem Street in Calabar. Upon search, the following items were found with them: One voter’s card in the name of Sam Godwin and 4,555 national identity cards bearing different names. On interrogation, they claimed that an INEC worker (name unknown) gave the cards to them,” Inuwa said.
The Commissioner further noted that “Investigation is ongoing.”