The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday, issued a stern warning to Nigerians making attempts to sell their National Identity Number (NIN).
The anti-graft agency, through its spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement, said the commission had discovered that some unscrupulous persons are cashing in on the exercise to induce enrollees to sell their NIN for a fee.
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According to him, they (sellers) risk arrest and prosecution for any act of criminality linked to their NIN whether or not they are directly responsible for such crimes.
“The EFCC wishes to alert Nigerians that it is not only illegal to sell their NIN, they stand the risk of vicarious liability for any act of criminality linked to their NIN,” the statement read.
Daily Trust reports that Nigerians had been struggling to acquire the NIN from offices of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) across the country following the government’s threat to disconnect any subscriber who refuses to link his mobile phone contact with NIN.