The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has warned against the sale of NIN to people desperate to obtain the National Identity Number.
The commission while warning that the sale of NIN is illegal said that anyone who sold a NIN would bear responsibility for whatever crime is done with it.
It also asked Nigerians to report anyone attempting to buy the NIN to the nearest EFCC office or nearest security agency.
In a statement issued by its head of media and publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, the commission said:
“As Nigerians struggle to acquire the National Identity Number, NIN, from offices of the National Identity Management Commission, NIMC, across the country it has come to the knowledge of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, that some unscrupulous persons are cashing in on the excercise to induce enrollees to sell their NIN for a fee. The buyers of the numbers are also trading with them to persons whose motives are anything but noble.
Sale of NIN Is Illegal
“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. In other words, they risk arrest and prosecution for any act of criminality linked to their NIN whether or not they are directly responsible for such crimes.
“The Commission warns members of the public against selling their NIN and to report anyone seeking to buy their NIN, to the nearest office of the EFCC or other law enforcement agencies.”