They are not diplomats, neither are they representatives of the federal government but in their possession is 4,555 national identity cards.

The suspects were arrested by personnel of the Police Command in Cross River state on May 19.

The Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa said the suspected identity thieves were arrested at a location on Eyo-Edem Street in Calabar following a tip-off.

“Upon interrogation, the four suspects confessed that one Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff gave the cards to them.

"All the four suspects confessed to the crime and investigation is on-going in order to arrest the alleged INEC staff,” he said.