Applicants, who wanted to register for the National Identity Number on Tuesday, were thrown into confusion when some gunmen invaded the National Identity Management Commission in Port Harcourt.
According to eyewitnesses, an applicant had a misunderstanding with another applicant during the registration process. In revenge, one of the fighters invited the gunmen to beat the other young man.
Within minutes, seven gunmen stormed the NIMC premises as some of them held guns. They allegedly beat the other applicant, collected his mobile phone and disposed other applicants of their valuables as they scampered to safety.
Recounting the incident, one of the applicants said, “Some guys came here yesterday (Tuesday), there were seven of them. Some of them were armed with guns. So they beat him up, collected his phone, and collected some money from other people.
“They now left, that they will still come back. That they will scatter this place. And the crowd here was too much. Some guys who are coming here, they are not coming here to do anything but to steal phones and collect money from people.
“Around 1:30pm to 2pm. As you see them, not everybody came here to do the NIN. Some just came to steal. The police were inside. Here, nothing like security here.”
Speaking on the incident, the Rivers State NIMC Coordinator, Amonia Oghenekaro expressed worry over the development, adding that, “Our lives are in danger.”
However, she disclosed that she would request more security personnel from the Commissioner of Police.
Oghenekaro added, “I will ask him to give us some of his men because they said (gunmen) they will come again. Our lives are in danger. We have some policemen here, but they are inside, while the applicants are outside. But we (staff) are not even safe inside.”
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