While going through properties attacked and destroyed by Hoodlums and arsonists in Calabar during the #EndaSars protests, I came across these pictures and videos below depicting the level of destruction; especially at the State office of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, Calabar.
The warlike attacks, arson and lootings on Saturday October, 24th completely razed down all the valuable items and operational equipments in the office. The office was virtually looted to the ground .The level of destruction will overwhelm any visitor to the NIMC office, located at Murtala Mohammed Highway, Calabar.
The National Identification Number (NIN) issued by NIMC is used to tie together all records about those who has enrolled – demographic data, fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial picture, other biometric data and digital signature – in the National Identity Database making it relatively easy to confirm and verify your identity when you engage in travels and transactions.
Due to the orgy of coordinated violence and damage, all identity registration and enrolment, including other ancillary services in the state office have been suspended till further notice, according to the state coordinator, Mr Godwin Odey.
“With the destruction, this means people within Calabar and environs will not be able to enroll for national ID card any longer. Those who will need it for transactions and other necessities will have to travel long distance or maybe to other states to enroll. It is a a very terrible moment for us as a commission in the state”.
The governor of Cross River State, Sen. Ben Ayade on a statewide broadcast today (Saturday), has since said the #EndSARS protest was being hijacked.